New York Date: Botanical Gardens & Guggenheim

“Welcome to 70 degrees,” the greeter said as we entered  the New York Botanical Gardens’ conservatory to tour its orchid show. We peeled off our coats, hats, gloves and scarves, eager to enter the world of Key West, the theme of this year’s exhibit.

Arriving late afternoon on a freezing day, we had the place practically to ourselves, allowing us to imagine it was our own personal garden.  photo-25photo-30photo-29photo-28photo-27photo-26photo-31

Earlier in the day, I’d met my friend Margaret at the Guggenheim to take in the Carrie Mae Weems photography and video exhibit. Her powerful photographs combine the personal and political and are accompanied by her prose poems. 00144262-01 I always love walking around this famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed museum. Unknown

Excellent exhibits; try to go if you’re in the NY area.


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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17 Responses to New York Date: Botanical Gardens & Guggenheim

  1. Marci Barr abbot says:

    Compelling photos- I definitely have to go!


  2. Ahhh… you make me miss New York! Love the flowers!


  3. My mom and brother are nuts over orchids. I get a kick out of hearing their orchid discussions when I visit. I once knew a lady who grew gorgeous orchids and plopped a fake orchid in the middle of her real ones, which I always thought odd. Those are my orchid thoughts for today. Love your photos!


  4. Susan Orleans’ book The Orchard Thief is a good read about the obsession. Movie ok.


  5. As a child I hated botanical gardens but Mom loved them and always took us to them. Sounds like you had a lovely day Lisa.


  6. Judy says:

    Beautiful!!! So much to see and do in NYC!! Making. My list for next visit!!


  7. How extraordinary…I just had a bunch of photos from my sister who visited the orchid show at Kew Gardens (in London) last week. I wonder if this is the flowering season? Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂


  8. Drjcwash says:

    Looks like so much fun. i wanted to take in the Guggenheim exhibit. Just too cold.


  9. Great post, Lisa. The gardens must have been a refreshing bit of springtime. Have a wonderful rest of your trip, and a safe journey home!


  10. I saw an orchid exhibition in the Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro a couple of weeks ago, no additional heating required in the open sided house 🙂 . The plants we saw in Brazil were fantastic.


  11. Love orchids! And 70degrees right now, sounds divine!


  12. Such magnificent orchids, Lisa! I would happily give these some house-room. 🙂


  13. We bought one from the shop to take home. Hopefully it will last.


  14. Colline says:

    Beautiful flowers.


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