Waterfalls and Bear Dens in “Da Bronx”

Surprises and wonders found when exploring the New York Botanical Gardens on very late summer day

Michael "Mick" Bisignani
10 min readSep 18, 2022

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New Yorkers are blessed. The city has many significant green spaces, totaling close to almost 30,000 acres of green lands. Placing New York’s central park in a category of its own, the city also hosts four four botanical gardens in each of the boroughs surrounding Manhattan. The New York Botanical garden — NYBG — located in the Bronx stands out and is the largest with a rich history [1]. It is park of larger area that includes the Bronx Zoo, just across the street. It is a great combination. Nature lovers can in pick their pleasure between the two great sanctuaries of flora and fauna. Both have an important history . The gardens were started in 1891 and the zoo in 1899. Since their inception, millions have enjoyed these public gifts. This continues today and I can list myself as one of the many patrons that frequently visits these jewels.

This morning, after working out the plan for the day , I decided that that it made sense to visit the NYBG. I knew the weather would be perfect . Clear September skies with low humidity, less than 75 degrees, an example of the best early Fall weather that New York has to offer. So off I went and twenty minutes later , I was able to drive to through the gates, park and as NYBG member, take advantage of my yearly pass.

Why NYBG? Simple, it is an oasis of peace , nestled in the heart of the Bronx, a place of escape where one can immerse in nature, and walk through over 50 acres of nicely preserved old growth forest, or visit exhibits of all kinds , some permanent , others staged with the seasons. For me today , however, I longed for a quite stroll through the woods, and specifically a quite , relaxing walk through the Thain Family Forest. [2]. The gardens are included in the Old Growth Forest network, the “only national network in the U.S. of protected, old-growth, native forests where people of all generations can experience biodiversity and the beauty of nature”. See https://www.oldgrowthforest.net

Woods occupy a special place my heart. They reconnect me to my teenage years , living in the mountains of Southern Italy , a place filled with old chestnut trees, and healthy beech trees whose…

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Michael "Mick" Bisignani

Professional Technologist, Aspiring Food Celebrity. Catholic spreading messages of Empathy and Equality.