Did you know a botanical paradise grows in the Bronx? Now until November 1, I encourage you to take a stroll through The New York Botanical Garden . It’s a selfie lover’s dream, the perfect dreamy afternoon for a date and the most magical setting to explore Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.
Frida Kahlo was born on the cusp of the Mexican Revolution. Her artwork is celebrated as an emblem of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. This limited six-month exhibit is uniquely curated and explores Kahlo’s keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world. The Botanical Garden is the perfect setting to achieve this goal.
From indigenous Mexican plants being highlighted throughout the existing “installations”, to featuring more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, to the curators reimagining Kahlo’s famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City, this exhibition is definitely something to venture out for ~ whether you’re a native or just visiting.
While the exhibit was the reason I ventured out to the Botanical Gardens, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall experience. It was like being in Central Park without all of the people. Entrance will set you back $25 during the weekend ($20 during the week) but it’s worth it. If you’re not in the mood to walk, I recommend taking the tram tour (it’s just a really big golf cart) but you learn tidbits as you ride around. Case in point: there are stones in the park that are 500 million years old. See? I learned something.
- A lot of folks jumped off the tram to stroll through the Rose Garden.
- Watch out for bees! The flowers are pretty though, right?!
- The botanical garden has waterfalls, rocks, cacti, and rain forests (oh, my!)
happy adventures, tiffany