New York Botanical Garden in Autumn
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We toured the 250 exquisite acres of New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx in New York City on October
27, 2009 in the autumn season to indulge in the fleeting beauty of brilliant autumn colors as shown in these
photos. It features 50 gardens with many beautiful trees, plants and flowers.
Roses in Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden in the New York Botanical Garden.
There was also an elaborate presentation (from October 17 to November 15, 2009) of kiku (, Japanese for
chrysanthemum) in the form of Japanese Classic Autumn Garden to celebrate the ancient Japanese
horticultural traditions.  Many kinds of colorful kiku plus scarlet Japanese maples, Japanese black pines, golden
bamboos, emerald conifers and other Japanese garden plants were in display in the Courtyards of the Enid A.
Haupt Conservatory in the New York Botanical Garden.
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyards were transformed into a setting that evokes the designed
landscape gardens of Kyoto, Japan.
Chrysanthemum - Queen of the Autumn Flowers
At the heart of the Garden are 50 acres of virgin woodlands which represent the last stretch of the original
forest which covered all of New York City before the arrival of European settlers in the 17th century.
It was a raining day and was raining on and off when we were touring the New York Botanical Garden. I had
to put on my rain coat and also used an umbrella to shield my camera from the rain.
I paused at the top of the stone steps to take in the splendor view of Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden that
stretched out below me. This stunning rose garden displays more than 3,000 rose plants, from exquisite
antique roses to modern hybrid teas, floribundas, and shrub roses. (Some rain drops got on the lens of my
Japanese regard the chrysanthemum as their 'solar flower'; the Japanese Imperial Family adopting it as their
emblem and the Seal of the Emperor himself. Indeed, the Emperor's position is referred to as The
Chrysanthemum Throne. The flower is depicted with 16 petals radiating like flames from the sun, the center of
which symbolizes the Emperor's status in the scheme of things. Longevity and joy, these are the attributes of
both flower and worthy ruler. In Japan, the Imperial Order of the Chrysanthemum is the highest Order of
Chivalry. Japan also has a National Chrysanthemum Day, which is called the Festival of Happiness.
For the location of and the direction to the New York Botanical Garden, please see the end of the following
web page:

Autumn foliage along Bronx River
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