Putting high housing prices and property taxes aside, living in suburban NJ has its merits. Perhaps the most outstanding one is it’s easy access to NYC, it’s incredible sites, art and cultural events. Yesterday, from my house in Millburn, New Jersey I took NJ Transit to Penn Station, NY, took the D train up to 205th Street and walked 8 blocks to visit The New York Botanical Gardens.
I have spent my entire life living in and around New York City and had never been to this inspiring, magical landmark. It is obviously well endowed because you can’t help but be impressed by it’s immaculate and impeccable facilities.
I was inspired by an advertisement for the Claude Monet exhibit which will be ending on October 21st. I have 4 words for anyone who reads this blog, “DO NOT MISS IT!” Whether young or old, male or female, you will be incredibly mesmerized. Beyond the grounds and the other many interesting exhibits in the park, the Monet exhibit is out of this world.
Essentially, they have recreated the seasonal landscapes surrounding Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France which was the single most important inspiration for his artistry. He is known as the iconic artist who championed the Impressionist style of painting that literally changed the art world forever.
As you walk through the colorful and lush landscapes inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory you have the opportunity to view his very own inspiration for creating/popularizing the impressionist style of painting. He often said that if he weren’t an artist he would most definitely been a botanist. He worked tirelessly in his gardens to ensure robust colors, wide varieties of perennials and annuals and to be vivid for as much of the year as possible.
Outside in the Conservatory Courtyard Pools they have grown his most famous subject- Water Lilli’s. For tickets ($25 per person) go to http://www.nybg.org/visit/tickets.php. I hope you have a chance to also walk in his shoes.