New York Botanical Garden and the Mertz Library

Spring bloom at the New York Botanical Gardens

Spring bloom at the New York Botanical Gardens

I visited the New York Botanical Gardens for 10 days, and had the great pleasure of researching the art collection in the lovely Mertz Library. My research moved ahead by leaps and bounds, and the friendly staff were so helpful. I toured the gardens in the little tram, seeing the early spring arrive in New York in March. I also had the great pleasure of visiting with my grand niece Abbe, whom I had not seen for over 20 years.  She is a lovely woman, with a sterling career and a great smile.  It really was a joy to share this lovely garden, and the Orchid Show with her.

The approach to the Mertz Library, New York Botanical Gardens

The approach to the Mertz Library, New York Botanical Gardens

Grand fountain in front of the Mertz Library, New York Botanic Gardens where I researched for 10 days

Grand fountain in front of the Mertz Library, New York Botanical Gardens where I researched for 10 days

Mertz Library rotunda. Just to the left is the door to the Library.

Mertz Library rotunda. Just to the left is the door to the Library.

A closer view of the extraordinary lamp and central skylight at the Mertz Library

A closer view of the extraordinary lamp and central skylight at the Mertz Library

New York Botanical Gardens spring glory

New York Botanical Gardens spring glory

 

Abbe and Susan at the Orchid Show - smiles for Rick with our love

Abbe and Susan at the Orchid Show - smiles for Rick with our love

Orchid Show in all its glory in the Conservatory

Orchid Show in all its glory in the Conservatory

Abbe and Susan at NYBG Orchid show

Abbe and Susan at NYBG Orchid show

Spring glory

Spring glory

Hilltop Hurrah

Hilltop Hurrah

Evergreens

Evergreens

Further information; http://www.nybg.org/

 

New Adventures in New York, London and Somerset

For the next month I will be living the life of a professional researcher, reaching out to seek further information and insight on a topic I am writing about.  I am going to keep you in suspense for now about the TOPIC of my research, but I will enjoy sharing with you the experiences that I encounter in my pursuit.

Photo Of Mertz Library courtsey of NYBG - Photographer Robert Benson

Photo Of Mertz Library courtesy of NYBG - Photographer Robert Benson

Monday I leave Bismarck, North Dakota (where winter never happened, and the unseasonable temps are in the 50’s and 60’s and higher) and head to the Bronx, New York. There I will be meeting a wonderful colleague, a world-class botanical artist, and together we will be exploring the library and archives of the New York Botanical Garden.  Two weeks in the Garden archives at the incredible LuESTHER T. MERTZ LIBRARY  – oh what a wonderful opportunity. After New York I travel on to London, then Somerset, England until April 15.

Fountain of Life. Image courtesy of the NYBG, photographed by David Allison

Fountain of Life. Image courtesy of the NYBG, photographed by David Allison

A link to further information about this amazing fountain can be found here http://www.nybg.org/media/press_releases_results.php?id_press_release=94

One upcoming event at the New york Botanical Garden sounds incredibly enticing to me.The title says it all.

MONET’S GARDEN,

A New York Botanical Garden Tribute to the Master,

Highlights His Passion for Gardening and Its Influence on His Art

 http://www.nybg.org/press_releases/MonetsGarden-Overview.pdf

Well friends, I will be visiting here often to share this wonderful journey.