Garden Ramble in a Historic Victorian Neighborhood

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Garden Ramble

A peek into historic Victorian neighborhood gardens

Words and Images by Jay Wen

One of my favorite lesser-known neighborhoods in Brooklyn is Ditmas Park. I may be biased having lived there for a few years but it is really pleasant place that makes one forget that they live in a huge city with millions of people.

The quiet and quaint neighborhood is lined with enormous old trees and large grand Victorian homes sit on this historic landmarked area. What is also abundantly clear is that in this neighborhood, some people take really good care of their gardens. 

I was lucky to be invited to this year's annual garden ramble tour. Having missed it every year that I lived there, I knew I had to make it and I was not disappointed.

 I especially enjoyed this garden on a steep slope. It was filled with irises and ground covers. 

I especially enjoyed this garden on a steep slope. It was filled with irises and ground covers. 

 A view from the bottom of the slope. 

A view from the bottom of the slope. 

 This garden made me fall in love with irises. 

This garden made me fall in love with irises. 

 A lush front yard garden with subtle pops of color. 

A lush front yard garden with subtle pops of color. 

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 When plants have a mind of their own they take over parking signs. 

When plants have a mind of their own they take over parking signs. 

 I have been warned about planting bamboo in the ground. It is fast growing, up to several feet a day and it will take over your yard like it has taken over this compost bin. Best to plant in a pot! 

I have been warned about planting bamboo in the ground. It is fast growing, up to several feet a day and it will take over your yard like it has taken over this compost bin. Best to plant in a pot! 

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 Behind the large rhododendron is a 200+ year old tree that unfortunately had to be removed. 

Behind the large rhododendron is a 200+ year old tree that unfortunately had to be removed. 

 Japanese Painted Fern, a favorite among all of the gardeners. Almost every garden had one. Great for shady areas. 

Japanese Painted Fern, a favorite among all of the gardeners. Almost every garden had one. Great for shady areas. 

This was such a lovely garden ramble tour. I was inspired, learned some new things and now dreaming up some new garden plans for the future.

If you live in New York or are coming to visit, take a couple of hours to explore Ditmas Park. You won't regret it. With all the giant trees, at the very least you'll be taking in some much needed fresh air. 

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