Hidden to the side of the Rutgers Gardens in East Brunswick, New Jersey is a sight that many people in the Northeast of the USA may not believe could exist: a Bamboo Forest!
|The dark entrance to the Bamboo Forest
|Overarching bamboo create an enchanting archway
The Bamboo Forest can be reached by taking the Ryder's Lane exit from Route 1 South, and then continuing to Log Cabin Road, which will deposit you onto a small parking lot next to a building. Walk northeast past that building and you'll come upon the entrance to the Bamboo Forest.
The bamboo is Phyllostachys nuda, and it forms a dense monoculture that is quite impressive. Walking paths weave between the culms, shaded by the overarching bamboo plants, and I had to use relatively long exposure times to get good pics.
All in all, we really enjoyed the sidetrip to this magical forest, and I recommend it for anyone passing by the Rutgers University area. Bring a camera, and be prepared to be amazed at this unusual sight!