I visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the first time in many, many months, cycling across Prospect Park to get there. You book online and show up at your appointed time and gate.
If you are in New York, and can go, choose the Flatbush Avenue entrance. It is stunning, right now, designed for early spring, and it is at its peak.
The scene-stealers there are the luminous winter-hazels (Corylopsis).
And they have a warmer yellow backdrop of an unusual abundance of Edgeworthia. Its downy yellow flowers appear on bare branches that look almost succulent. They have a very strong fragrance, too.
The winter-hazels range from small shrubs to one of the largest I have ever seen (that giant is just west of the rose garden).
While I love - and advocate for - native plants, it's hard not to smile at a hill of daffodils.
And then there are the hellebores. They are glorious.
And good from every angle.
The relatively new layout at that Flatbush gate is luxuriant with them, planted under camellias that are in bloom, and about to bloom