A few weeks ago, we took a trip to New York City for the weekend. New York, while incredibly urban, does have some amazing gardens to visit. One of those is the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. (This a link to a fellow bloggers page which shows the gardens in summer.)
The outside area is several acres in the corner of Prospect Park and contains many wonderful greenhouses and outdoor spaces. There are several large interconnected greenhouses which are partially below ground- each is entered from a central gathering area. The rooms are separated into different climate zones which contain plants from all over the world.
There are various tropical, temperate and desert rooms, all with amazing plants.
Outside, there is a spectacular rose garden built in 1927. There seemingly hundreds of varieties of roses from all over the world. Many of the varieties are decades old.
I have seen some wonderful roses in England, but this garden is truly an equal to anything I saw over there. The range and variety was stunning. (I will also point out that it was October, and several bushes had finished blooming for the year, but even so, it was totally stunning.)
If you are in the area, this is a can’t miss experience.