Grandes Dames of the Gardens is what the New York Times called the exhibit at the New York Botanic Gardens. In the garden library, there is an exhibit of women who in the early 1900s were known for their photography of gardens (primarily a male dominated profession). It is quite interesting, especially some of the book covers from that era which contain floral designs with gold leaf.
However, the garden in the conservatory was amazing. Called Mrs. Rockefeller’s Garden, it was designed to evoke Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s garden in Maine, designed by Beatrix Ferrand. Amazingly, I recognized some of the plants, primarily astilbes, which I actually have in Warwick.
I am always amazed at the use of color in these gardens, a knack I don’t have, unfortunately. The variety of plants, colors, heights, combinations is awesome.
So, if you’re a flower/plant lover, the moral of this story is…go to the New York Botanic Gardens.
By the way, I did spend a small fortune on plants at their store. What better place to buy plants, right?