Along Magnolia Way
Ah Magnolia, that species that places more energy into spring beauty than any other northeaster tree. She is one of the elders of the angiosperms, developed long before the more efficient species of tree with their sweet smells and small composites. The big showy flowers that come down to eye level are so beautiful that it is hard to remember that these flowers are not designed for humans.
Identified mostly as a southern tree, there is one place in the Bronx where I am very fond of viewing magnolias in the spring. It is a back road of the New York Botanical Garden. The view was designed for people to view magnolias from cars. Now that cars are banned from the NYBG some take in the view while riding in a tram. This back road is seldom noticed during most of the year and almost nobody can bee seen on foot at Magnolia Way but when the magnolias are in bloom people from all over show up at the quiet little back road between the Bronx River and the Children’s Garden. All of that white and pink is an amazing view, if you time it right.