Ma Vie en Franglais
a tree peony in full bloom
One of the (few) things I did not inherit from my mother, is her love of flowers.

I can deal with them from a distance, or in a field - a really, really big field. But to be perfectly honest, flowers give me terrible allergies, and I think they smell funny.

That being said, I agreed to tag along with my parents to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden last weekend, and I'm honestly really glad that I did.

The gardens are located right next to the Brooklyn Museum, near Prospect Heights/Park Slope neighborhoods in west Brooklyn.

ran into lovely Anne (creator of
The expansive 52-acre-garden could easily suck up an entire day. But if you don't happen to be an avid horticulturalist, you can easily pick one small part of the garden to conquer and be in and out in under an hour.

We were a bit early to catch the Rose Garden in full bloom, but we did make it to the Cherry Esplanade and Tree Peony Collection, both of which were gorgeous.

As per usual, I got distracted by the fish and the dozens of turtles lined up along the pond.

(Flowers are pretty and all, but they will never beat out turtles in my eyes. And this kid agrees.)

The greatest treat of the day was stumbling into my friend and fellow blogger Anne, the mind behind the blog Ritournelle, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in reading about life in New York City from a French perspective.

After touring the gardens, we stopped for some frozen yogurt and ended the day with a quick tour of the Keith Haring exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum - which was amazing, and runs through July 8th.

All in all, it was a lovely Saturday in Brooklyn. And who knows - I may even stop by the gardens again this summer when the roses are blossoming - with some Claritin in hand, of course.

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

900 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

B or Q to Prospect Park
2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Mondays


04/30/2012 14:08

A woman after my own heart...great photos. Love the turtles!

05/01/2012 18:22

Carolyn, I think you're good enough to be a wildlife photographer. Those are beautiful pictures you've got! It's so nice to see all these flowers and turtles again. Shame Prospect Park is so far away!

05/03/2012 03:39

Lovely pics! Botanical gardens are always a nice place to visit - pretty and calming.

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07/15/2013 00:06

I love flowers and I have a flower garden at home. It is strange to hear that you do not like flowers. I suggest you to watch them closely because it is wonderful to have a garden full of flowers. Thanks for sharing this with us and keep posting the updates.

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