Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’ is the largest magnolia at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, towering over 80 feet. Photo by Auweia
In February, the San Francisco Botanical Garden becomes the ideal setting for a romantic rendezvous. It’s the time of year when the velvety silver buds on the branches of the garden’s magnolia trees burst open into pink and white flowers that fill the garden with soft pastel colors and sweet, fragrant scents.
Yesterday, I had a chance to have a sneak peek at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new visitor center, which is slated to open to the public on May 16, 2012. The new visitor center, designed by Weiss/Manfredi, was built to create a more formal entry from the street into the garden, creating a place to welcome and orient tour groups, a larger gift store with room for plant sales throughout the year, and an event space.
Under the direction of the French government, botanists André Michaux and his son, François-André, explored the forests of North America from 1785 to 1796. They were researching new tree species to repopulate the French countryside, whose forests had been depleted by war.
In the super-snowy days of January and February, we're featuring pages from the many catalogs that are arriving in our office daily. There's really nothing better than catalog reading—it's like window shopping, but you can do it in your bed, while eating cookies. (Well, maybe don't eat cookies in bed. But you know what I mean.)
Photo by Rebecca Bullene, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Here in New York, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual cherry blossom festival is a huge attraction, as thousands of visitors walk around the park, observing the huge pink and white puffs of cherry blossoms that cover the trees in April and early May.