Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

And now to update on our trip to Brooklyn and the Botanic Gardens! Denise, Melissa, and I went there on Saturday.

First stop: lily pads and lotus flowers!!! There were fish and turtles in the pond!


Denise is seriously pondering those lilies and lotuses...

These were the coolest lily pads I'd ever seen!

Denise and I found a little niche to take a pretty pictures in!

Silly face time...

haha, the plants spell out "BBG"

Then we saw something that excited me so much I ran off our planned course directly to it!


Notice my bee-line. They looked like the things in Where the Wild Things Are!!!!

These kids kept inviting Melissa and I to join in their game amongst the architecture. haha.

The roof isn't very efficient, but it makes for a pretty view!

Melissa was a little awkward, as usual.

I was taking it all in, of course.

Denise wanted her usual crazy pictures.

Melissa demanding her godly worship.

Where's Denise?


"haha, I scared you guys..."

"Pose, Allison!"


Melissa decided to be adventurous.

I wanted a photo shoot.

Work it...

...beautiful, dawling.

"Allison, stop hiding in the plants!"

"But I love hiding in the plants!"

Melissa does a jig.

"What the hell is that? Is that sap?!"

Awkward Melissa pose.

Denise's turn to pose.

Walking through the rock garden.

I loved these flowers but I couldn't find their name plate!

"Man I love cranberry juice..."


Denise wanted more pictures of herself.

"Wait...there's somebody behind me, isn't there?"

"Oh God, who's behind me???"

"Surprise!" "Oh, it's just Allison!"

"Haha, I scared you!"

"Ha, oh Allison..."

We likes the name of this plant....

Melissa attempting to enjoy nature.

This tree was so cool.


I fell in love with this tree...

Melissa: Man, these are some crazy plants.
Allison: ooooo, I like how these big leaves feel!

Denise: These are my faaaaavorite!!!!

"Allison! Stop running off the path! You're gonna get lost!"

"I'll save you, AL!"

"How the hell did you get there so fast???"

I found another hiding place with a brook and bamboo!

Of everything in the gardens, this was the one tree we wanted to see. Can you guess what it is???

It's big...

It's fuzzy....

IT'S THE...Giant Sequoia? Aren't they supposed to be bigger? Yes, yes they are. This is just a baby.

This tree was so weird...

...and had the coolest name, "Monkey Puzzle Tree".

And it was sharp...it pricked me...

"I just don't know what to say about this..."

Can you guess which one of these three shrub-like trees is the "real" one?

The large one claims to be a "Small False Hinoki Cypress".

The middle one a "Hinoki False Cypress".

But the smallest was the true "Hinoki Cypress"....

A "Men" tree????

We decided to enter..."The Fragrance Garden". It smelled nice. :)


Oooooh, a "Touch-me-Not"....

"...what happens it I touch it?"



These were interesting looking...

It had a funny name...

oooo, the Japanese Garden had enormous koi fish!

dun dun dun dun, can you see the one swimming with all its might right for us? AAAAH, RUN!!!

Look at that huge white one!

Oh no! Little turtle, watch out!!!! They're coming for you!!! SWIM! SWIM WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT!!!!

VROOOOM. They just swam around him. *Phew*

Trinity Shot!

Oh, we saw the Statue of Liberty, too. Apparently she was moved to a parking lot in Brooklyn....

The Brooklyn Public Library is the coolest looking library I have ever seen!

A crazy looking arch in Brooklyn...

Winged Victory???

Ha, we were at 3rd St and 3rd Ave! How cool!

Of course, I had to take them to the amazing pie place, Four & Twenty Blackbirds. Denise recited the whole poem:

Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?
The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!

We got Salted Carmel Apple, Plum and Gooseberry, a mint iced tea, a house soda, and a cider spritzer! It was perfect...yum.....

You heard the sign! It's delicious! Denise ate their last Salted Carmel Apple. We should have also tried the Lemon Verbena Nectarine. I don't know why I didn't get it!! I've never regretted something more in my whole life!!!!

So that's Brooklyn with Denise and Melissa! Next up: meanderings in Manhattan - the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, Lombardi's Pizza, and the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy!

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