Explore beautiful treescapes and landscapes – in person and in pictures – and for different perspectives.
Firstly, experience where we are in nature in this beautiful summer/fall intermission!
Head with the family to: The New York Botanical Garden.
Catch sight of the monarch butterflys before they move on with their migration:
And see the lovely meadow perennials and ferns:
“Treescapes” at Laurence Miller Gallery showcases the photographs of trees of two artists, Yoko Ikeda and Toshio Shibata:
“Both artists grew up in Japan, a country with an ancient appreciation of nature in balance with man. Shibata is regarded as the preeminent Japanese contemporary landscape photographer, concentrating on manmade infrastructure embedded within the landscape. Ikeda takes a more whimsical and intimate approach to nature, allowing the camera’s optics to create unpredictable and playful images. Side by side, a lively conversation develops between these two photographers, of different generations, and their relationship to nature.”
Next, Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens is at The China Institute, and presents over 60 photographs by more than 20 Chinese contemporary artists.
“By investigating the impact of mountains on Chinese culture and traditional aesthetic, this exhibition examines the many ways in which nature has played and continues to play a defining role in Chinese geography, history, culture, and psyche.”
“11 funhouse-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses—then show you how what we perceive is not simply a window into the world around us but a product of our brains. Plus, discover why we have senses and what’s unique about human perception during an interactive session hosted by a live presenter.”
Brunch is a great go-to for entertainment with Mom: You can catch up – and enjoy delicious food.
But there are many other interesting things to do in the city! You can: Take her to a museum or show, explore areas you don’t often visit, go for a picnic, relax at a non-restaurant venue.
Here are just a few fun ideas:
Enjoy Activities in the (Botanical) Garden
The New York Botanical Garden has a number of events for your family this weekend, to celebrate Mother’s Day together, including: Games, garden walks & tours, photography, crafts, live bluegrass music, science shows – and of course, brunch & dining.
Go for Sophisticated Ice Cream
Try the new local ice cream shop that’s for adults only – because all the treats have alcohol in them. Kips Bay’s Tipsy Scoop has an assortment of creative liquor-infused flavors like Vanilla Bean Bourbon, Red Velvet Martini, Maple Bacon Bourbon, Strawberry White Sangria Sorbet and Dark Chocolate Whiskey Salted Caramel. Enjoy the ice cream, and the new information your mom might divulge!
Have Lunch on our Plaza
Escape the hustle of the city, without having to actually leave the city.
What do you like doing on Mother’s Day?
Most of us in New York City feel like we’ve been in the grips of an endless winter. Even now as we’re drawing towards the middle of March, spring feels far away. Escape the cold, gray days to a tropical paradise at the New York Botanical Garden with The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary. The 2014 annual NYBG flower show at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is inspired by “a modernist Key West estate garden.” The exhibition runs March 1 – April 21 and features a full calendar of events, including musical performances and “The Key West Poetry Walk” highlighting the work of renowned Key poets, as well as the ever-popular, romantic “Orchid Evenings.”