Chihuly at the Bronx Botanical Garden

Chihuly at the Bronx Botanical Garden, Oct. 13. Photo ©Karen Kirshner

I visited the Bronx Botanical Garden on Friday, in order to see Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture exhibition. I was struck by the unanticipated splendor integrated into the floral and other plantlike arrangements in the Bronx’s wonderland. It beats any Adventureland or Disneyland. The Bronx Botanical Garden is a perceptive person’s answer to the ghettos of inner city life. It is splendor and beauty. It is fresh and alive. I thoroughy enjoyed not only seeing Chihuly‘s one of a kind in originality glass statements, but I enjoyed mother nature in its diversity too!

It is hard to believe that my parents had lived in the South Bronx before moving to Long Island and I visited my grandparents there as a young child and yet I never visited the Bronx’s  massive garden, equal to more hundreds of football fields.  The acreage is enormous and the variety of activities researchers are working on at the site is helping our planet and the survival of endangered species of plant and tree life, which in turn helps the cycle of life for many more creatures, including the best of us humans.

Photo of Chihuly

I do believe it was my first trip to the New York Botanical Garden of the Bronx.There is also the New York Botanical Garden of Brooklyn, which I can’t remember visiting either.

Back to the one in the Bronx.  You would never know you were in a city, and certainly  not the notorious  Bronx (by the Fordham subway station.)  I wondered if my grandparents ever strolled on the property or checked out the rose garden there.  I can’t ask them now. I wish I could have discussed it with them. Too late for that. Too late to ask my mother if she spent time there.  Maybe she did, maybe she didn’t. I will never be sure.

I am sure now that I was there and I like it, in fact, I loved it, with or without Chihuly. The best event is at night, when there is a special light show with the glass sculptures in play. Tickets were sold out for Friday night, so we couldn’t attend, but you may be able to do so before the exhibit ends on October 29.

Chihuly at the Bronx Botanical Garden on Oct. 13, 2017. Photo ©Karen Kirshner

Included in the price of admission, we had a free tram tour of the gardens with educational stops along the way, and a free tour inside the main greenhouse, where the sculptures were concentrated, and we dined at the cafe on the premises, which was costly, yet convenient, even though there were places recommended on Arthur Avenue and elsewhere.

The Bronx Botanical Garden has a well stocked gift shop. I purchased several items, beginning with a necessity –  a sweatshirt, as  Friday was a chilly day and I didn’t bring a jacket. I also bought a t-shirt, cap and a woven/spun butterfly pin (as parts of my early birthday gift). This is the pin, which a learned scientist friend believes if resting, it may be a moth, not a butterfly.  I prefer to believe it is a butterfly. I won’t deliberately wear a moth!

My new butterly pin

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