Would you believe these pictures were taken....
...on Staten Island???
That's right, chickens, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island plays host to The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, a sensory overload of plants, architecture, and water features.
When you visit botanic gardens in the winter, the good news is you usually get in for free. The bad news is, all the plants are dead. Womp womp. This garden, though, I would totally revisit in the spring. Despite the travel. A subway, a ferry, and a choice between a two mile walk or bus ride. Hmm. It's almost easier to just go to China.
And, as with all gardens, I am reminded of this song by Siouxsie & The Banshees:
Since Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China, I thought it was fitting, if somewhat confusing? I don't understand the lyrics, so if I'm missing something here, please be gentle. I just love the song for the "Oh - oh - oh oh oh oh" and do not mean to offend.