Visit the Garden
Last month I said that water brings me calm and so is a favorite destinations when I need to relax. A very close second is a visit to the garden. Any garden, but especially the New York Botanic Garden (@NYBG) in June because…ROSES!
I’ve never met a garden I didn’t like. The NYBG or New York Botanic Garden is a gem. I missed the May visit which is spectacular for azaleas. But I did arrive in perfect time to visit the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.
Completed in 1988 by David Rockefeller and named for his wife, “The Rose Garden has received many international awards, and is considered to be among the world’s best rose gardens.” according to the NYBG site.
June Means Roses
Roses require lots of TLC – the Bronx Botanic Garden has a really great blog with lots of great information for gardener to help roses thrive.
The NYBG website has a rose color meter called ROSE WATCH! How happy was I to visit on a week that had 80 percent peak color. They weren’t lying. Magnificent in color and scent.
I find the water very calming. When I need to reduce my stress level, I seek the closest body of water. One of my nearby aqueous destinations is Mystic Connecticut. This is a river that leads to the Long Island Sound. There is so much to do here that this river port makes such a great day trip or weekend getaway. These are the top attractions:
This time I took a cruise on the sloop Argia which gave me a very different perspective on the town and some interesting history and trivia on the area. The seaport staff helped me in the past learning about historic equipment used in cartography.
That information was used in my second Historical, Turner’s Woman. Now I can say that I’ve done all of these and also enjoy walking the charming main street. Watching the drawbridge rise and lower. It is a bascule bridge, which is basically a huge pendulum with counter weights that are impressive in action.
When I posted on Facebook that I’d been to Mystic, some friends asked where I stay. I like The Whalers Inn because it is central to the town and I can walk to restaurants, around the historic homes that line both sides of the river and all the way to the seaport.
I was there 24 hours and came home ready to get to work, my stress level is way down and I’m smiling as I write this because I’m already planning my next visit.
How was your Saturday? I enjoyed the sunshine and a lovely walk in one of my favorite NYC spots, Central Park. I walked from the Metropolitan Museum of Art all the way down to the Plaza at the Southeast entrance.
There are so many statues, grottoes, lakes, ponds, rocks and buildings to explore. There’s even a zoo, a castle and an outdoor theater.
I love visiting familiar favorite spots and poking around to discover new sights. If you haven’t been, you must go. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. You will not believe the size and all the wonderful places to visit without even leaving the park.