Cherry blossoms are in peak bloom this season and you must visit the New York Botanical Garden. Located in the Bronx, this garden is 250 acres with 50 specialty gardens and collections comprising more than one million plants. You guys know I love the Brooklyn Botanical Garden but this year I wanted to go somewhere different.
This year was the 17th annual Orchid Show which was inspired by Singapore’s national flower. Developed in partnership with Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens. Colorful orchids from floor to ceiling, overhead arches, and two beautiful Super trees. Once you get there, make sure to enter at the Mosholu entrance to buy your tickets and check-in. We took a subway to get there but you can also take the Metro-North Commuter Railroad or drive yourself.
We first started off at the exhibition since we knew that would be the busiest area out of the whole garden. I recommend getting there at 10 am since it does get crowded throughout the day. It was already pretty busy by 10:30 am. Next, we went to the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden which is perfect for families. If you love tulips and animals made out of flowers, make sure to go through this section. My favorite area was the Daffodil Hills which was so different from what I’ve seen before. No one was there and it was so peaceful. Make sure to not step on the Daffodils or pick the flowers. We ended our day at the Burn Lilac Collection and the Cherry Collection. The best time to see the Cherry Blossom Trees is end of April and beginning of May. Although there aren’t as many trees in Brooklyn Botanical Garden, these trees here are lower and closer to the ground. This is ideal for portrait shots and anything up close. We skipped the Rockerfeller Rose Garden since the roses are not available until mid May. If you have time, make sure to check out Thain Forest. It looks huge on the map which I’ll have to explore the next time that I am there.
I bought this sheer dress from a vintage store on Long Island last year. It is one of my favorite pieces in my closet because it so different from anything I own in my closet. The sales associate there told me that this 1920’s dress is from the movie, Z: The Beginning of Everything. How cool is that! For accessories, I wore this layered lace choker (similar here) and this vintage 1940’s floral hat from Hamlet’s Vintage. If you are interested in this exact hat, make sure to check out Hamlet’s Vintage store in the West Village. For my second look, I wanted to coordinate with the cherry blossom trees so I ended borrowing my dress from Rent the Runway. This is a great way to wear many different looks for a quarter of the price. Perfect for weddings, proms, and special occasions (exact dress here). Make sure to shop below my favorite vintage inspired dresses!