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The New York Botanical Garden

And
Moore in America: Monumental Sculpture
(Sponsored by MetLife Foundation)
www.nybg.org
(Henry Moore Bio)
(Henry Moore Monuments)
Through November 2, 2008

Press: Karl F. Lauby, VP for Communications

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 29, 2008


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It’s the end of the summer, and Dial 7, Select 7 service (for Corporate Accounts), drove me round-trip to The New York Botanical Garden, a short (one-half hour) trip from midtown Manhattan. Sukhwinder was my morning driver, and David drove the return trip. Both black Town Cars were spotless, brand new, and smoothly driven, with a scenic route up the West Side Highway, Henry Hudson Parkway, and Mosholu Parkway, which exits almost at the Garden’s main gate. Dial 7, Select 7 service is the best way to travel from Manhattan, door-to-door, so you can purchase plants at the Botanical Garden Shop (as I did), with assistance in getting them safely home. I plan to return to The New York Botanical Garden soon, at least by October 18, 2008, when “Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum” begins.

My tour today began with a VIP tour of the Garden, courtesy of Karl Lauby, VP for Communications, on his golf cart. In fact, there are numerous “golf carts” driven by Garden Staff, throughout the 250 acres of the Garden, with warm, helpful guides, who give directions and assistance to their visitors. These visitors seem to have traveled from around the globe, just to experience these wonderful grounds. This summer, courtesy of “Moore in America”, twenty major sculptures by Henry Moore are proudly positioned at various points in the Botanical Garden. After my informative tour, Mr. Lauby dropped me off at the Haupt Conservatory, with its lush indoor gardens, fragrant gardenias, and misty ambiance.

The high point of this Conservatory visit was the discovery of water lily ponds, with full, radiant water lilies, some quite exotic. Some of the more exotic lilies, as a docent showed me, would soon close, due to the disappearing clouds and ominous sun. I quickly photographed those lilies first, and their platter-like greenery was amazing, especially amidst ornamental fish, slithering in the pond. The numerous varieties of lilies were clearly labeled (as are all the Garden’s notable plants and trees), and the less exotic lilies were equally rich and inviting. Inside the Conservatory again, the rain-mist (that waters the indoor gardens) began to fall, so I ventured out to the Perennial Garden, where restful benches are positioned next to colorful plantings and summer florals. At this time, I decided to take an early lunch break at the Garden Café.

The Café’s multi-colored beds of impatiens adorned the lawn next to my small bistro table, and the outdoor dining ambiance was a catharsis, for a midtown city-dweller like me. Now it was time to check the shop, just in case they would close earlier than I’d return to the Main Gate (They don’t close earlier, as the Shop stays open until the Garden closes, which today was 6:00 PM). John assisted me in the purchase of two tall begonias, and I also bought a large, black sun hat, which was unexpectedly needed, on such a sunny afternoon. The Shop in the Garden, as it’s called, has an excellent selection of children’s educational toys, books, and puppets. For adults, there is a vast array of gardening and flower manuals, indoor and outdoor plants, vases, stationary, and much more. I made a mental note about Holiday shopping here.

On riding the Tram, which stops at numerous Garden sites, it was apparent that the Moore monumental sculptures fit splendidly into the imagery of the lawns, sky, gardens, buildings, and visitors. The Henry Moore Foundation is co-curating this exhibition with The New York Botanical Garden. Henry Moore was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, England, in 1898. He’s a renowned 20th Century sculptor. In 1946, Moore was offered a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and, in 1963, he was awarded the British Order of Merit. He died in Hertfordshire in 1986. It was Moore’s intent that his monumental works, such as the twenty now on display at The New York Botanical Garden, be seen in expansive landscapes, in varying light and angles. I photographed many of these sculptures, some from the Tram, and some from my walks on the pathways. In some cases, I walked about the sculptures, to see them from side, back, and front angles, and my favorite was “Draped Reclining Mother and Baby” in the Rock Garden. In fact, the Rock Garden was my favorite spot in the entire Botanical Garden.

The Tram passed the Mertz Library, but I debarked at the Howell Family Garden, where Junior, on the Garden staff, was weaving plants in the fabrication of a large kangaroo. He pointed out the water gourds, that are known to have been hollowed out to hold water for drinking. He also mentioned the pumpkin, whose vines grew up a tall tree. Two young children were learning how to plant from a Garden staff teacher, a private program offered for family education. Bright orange nasturtium plants adorned the outside entrance to this Family Garden. On the walk to the Rockefeller Rose Garden, many Moore monumental sculptures enhanced the vivid imagery. On entering the Rose Garden, a staff worker was outfitted in a Monet-like hat and gardening clothes. He was truly iconic, as were the richly blooming roses, some in Mardi Gras colors, and others in shades of pure ivory silk. There were tall rose bush-trees, small wild roses, ripe full roses, and tiny rose buds. Butterflies soared everywhere.

My next walk was to the Benenson Ornamental Conifers, a wonderful experience, with trees in natural shapes, that presented snake-like branches, full balloon-like greenery, and fascinating growths. Cottages and a Snuff Mill were nearby, originally built by the Lorillard Brothers in the late 1700’s. The Lorillards had purchased 50 acres on the Bronx River to manufacture tobacco. But, the ground was too rocky and marshy for agriculture. The Lorillards used rose petals to scent their snuff, ground in the Mill, and the Snuff Mill has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Two rabbits fed on the grass and scampered about. When I realized that my next designated stop was the Rock Garden, a greater distance than anticipated, and I wasn’t sure which direction the next Tram would take, I was quite lucky to be offered a ride by a passing staff guide, Brian, on his shiny golf cart. We wound through the paved and unpaved paths, passing even more of the Moore monumental sculptures.

As it turned out, as mentioned above, the Rock Garden was my favorite stop in the entire Botanical Garden. Its paths are shaded and rough, and there’s a brook and a natural waterfall, with a relaxing mood and natural sound. Here I heard the locusts, watched a chipmunk, and rested on a bench I intend to find again, and again. In contrast to the benches outside the Conservatory and along the paved Garden roads, this bench was private, and the view was phenomenal. The Reflecting Pool was nearby, filled with pennies from wishful visitors, and my final trail took me past the Everett Children’s Adventure Center and on toward the Visitor Center’s main Café. It was 5:00 PM, and my Dial 7, Select 7 ride was due at 6:00 PM. Time for a Chardonnay on ice, and another bistro table en plein air. I passed a busy squirrel and found my perfect table. The sky was now brilliant blue with wispy clouds. David, my Select 7 driver, and John, Garden Shop staff, helped with the tall begonia plants, and the ride home was scenic, smooth, and cool.

The perfect one-day excursion, from any point in New York City, is a ride on Dial 7, Select 7, to The New York Botanical Garden, open year-round. The first batch of photos of this day-trip is below.



Sukhwinder and My Select 7 Town Car
For the Trip to The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Henry Moore Sculpture
at The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Henry Moore Sculpture
at The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Henry Moore Sculpture
at The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Interior Gardens
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Interior Gardens
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





Interior Gardens
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Interior Gardens
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Water Lily Ponds
at the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Ornamental Fish
in the Water Lily Ponds
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Ornamental Fish
in the Water Lily Ponds
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




A Gardenia Blooms
in the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Henry Moore Sculpture
in the Haupt Conservatory
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Restful Benches
in the Perennial Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





Restful Benches
in the Perennial Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Irwin Perennial Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Irwin Perennial Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower







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