/ Where do creative ideas come from?

Creativity itself is an enigma. What triggers thinking that’s “outside the box”? In the workplace, one often uses brainstorming: a free-form activity where lots of ideas are generated in order to come up with a unique concept or solution.

Memory plays a significant role in creative inspiration. People, places, sights and sounds all come into play.

In New York, one of the most inspiring nature displays is found at the New York Botanical Gardens. This 250-acre paradise features more than 1,000,000 plants, including 30,000 magnificent trees, thousands of them over a century old. Best of all, the Gardens are only a 20-minute train trip from Grand Central on the Metro North railroad.

The variety, uniqueness and spectacular colors of some of this vegetation are especially inspiring. One can marvel at 25-inch water lilies, gaze deeply into a reflecting pool, gasp at a fantastical Weeping European Beech tree or just enjoy the fun of Munchy, the 30-foot caterpillar.

Since it’s open all year, pay a visit and take pictures. Be inspired.

Munchy, the 30-foot caterpillar

Munchy, the 30-foot caterpillar, a whimsical, giant topiary

Weeping European Beech Tree

Weeping European Beech Tree






“My garden has given me a philosophy about life that translates into everything I do.”

Oscar de la Renta, Financial Times, Sept. 18, 2011


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