I crossed the road and entered the garden through a new entrance. Two people behind the ticket desk and a security guard six feet further in to check the tickets - must be expecting a huge crowd of unruly visitors, I thought. And this was a new secondary entrance, not the main one. And so I explored the garden and what a mixed experience it was, distinctly disappointing from my last visit. On the positive side, there was development. A new Discovery Garden - very obviously targeted at children - OK good idea but of limited interest to me. There was also a huge area being fenced off for a new water conservation garden, obviously due for construction. Good forward thinking!
But the rest of the garden looked tired, neglected and generally run-down. This was early August and yet the garden looked autumnal. Flowers had faded, weeds were evident everywhere and there were very few gardeners on duty. Such a pity to spend so much on development that the routine maintenance of the garden declines.
|Palm House - empty - used for events only|
|A typical border in the rose garden|
|A garden feature?|
After a brief visit I started to make my way out planning to stop at the new restroom by the new entrance - you guessed - it was closed, so I had to walk back to the center of the garden for the nearest facility! Maybe next time I'll visit the New York Botanic Garden.