I'm on the press release list for NYBG, and I'm frequently intrigued by the garden's offerings. The recent press push for the Halloween Hoorah, foretold three of the largest pumpkins in the region -- which were present and impressive -- and over 500 carved pumpkins. Seeking inspiration and playing hooky, we braved the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and journey to the Bronx.
Ladies and gentlemen, your humble author was dismayed to discover that the New York Botanical Garden’s “intricately carved” pumpkins were all fake! (See above.) A jack-o-lantern enthusiast, I had been tempted to view the work of a true pumpkin-carving artist, only to discover display after display of styrofoam Funkins.
A representative from the garden told me, “A majority of the installation are Funkins so that the installation is preserved for families to enjoy throughout October,” which is understandable, but there really wasn’t a single carved, live pumpkin on the premises. I can appreciate the convenience of a Funkin -- I have used them on many occasions for magazine shoots, but in a garden, one expects life, does one not?
Below, are some snapshots of the living things we saw at the Garden: Signs of this glorious northeastern fall weather.