Visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in 2013

| 8/16/2013 3:10:00 PM

In 2009, I wrote a post about timing and visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Herb Garden, which you can see was surrounded by chain link fencing alongside a sign that said the area was closed.

Herb Garden Sign
The closed sign was not what I wanted to see in 2009.

The original Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Herb Garden was designed in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration laborers. The new Herb Garden features a combination of orchard, annual, perennial vegetables, herbs and work spaces to give gardeners a realistic look at all of the garden’s functions. It is a true working herb (I would call it more of a kitchen) garden.

New Herb Garden Sign 
A more inviting sign to the herb garden.

This year, my timing was perfect with a whole new—and much improved!—sign and space for the herb garden. I believe the weather played a significant role this season in how the gardens are doing in general.  The week before we arrived in NYC, temperatures were in the 90s to 100s. Stifling!

Garden Path
The path draws the gardener into the garden.

Here is a look at the entrance to the herb garden. I especially like how it has vertical elements to give more room to grow lots of different fruits.

Knot Garden
A bird’s eye view of the knot garden.

I also liked that there is a platform to look over the knot garden. It's too tough to see the design from ground level, and so much easier to see it from above. Now if only the banana plant in the container could be moved out of the way!

Rose Hips
Beneficial rose hips of Rosa rugosa.

The path above led to Rosa rugosa, which had amazing rose hips! Here are some rose hip recipes from Mother Earth Living if you have to harvest from your gardens.