Our best Saturdays are half work, half play. The morning was spent doing laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning our bedrooms. The afternoon was spent at the NY Botanical Gardens. And as luck would have it, the Gardens were celebrating Harvest Days during our visit (happy surprise!). The kids made apple sauce. Put together field notebooks. Made apple prints with stamp pads. Decorated gourds. Put together corn husk dolls. Pressed apples and sampled the cider. And the whole family worked together to make a scarecrow for the Family Garden.

And then, just for me, we paid a visit to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden — the roses bloom in June and September — and they were spectacular. I was especially drawn to the peachy orange ones.

When we were tired, we rode the shuttle around the grounds and argued over which Moore sculpture we liked best.