Best Gardens in New York City
Our team has compiled a list of the best gardens in New York City. We highly recommend you check them out if you are visiting NYC during the spring, summer, or early fall.
Central Park – Conservatory Garden
Located on the North-east side of Central Park this section of the park is one of the most beautiful. The Conservatory Garden is divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style: Italian, French, and English. The Garden’s main entrance is through the Vanderbilt Gate, on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets. This magnificent iron gate, made in Paris in 1894, originally stood before the Vanderbilt mansion at Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.
Location: Central Park East Side from 104th-106th Streets.Enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, or 106th Street gate inside the Park
New York Botanical Garden
One of the world’s great collections of plants, the region’s leading educational center about gardening and horticulture, and an international center for plant research. There are 48 magnificent gardens and plant collections on a 250-acre historic site.
Location: 200th Street & Southern Boulevard in the Bronx
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Growing from its humble beginnings as an ash dump in the late 1800s, Brooklyn Botanic Garden has come to represent today the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display.
50 Eastern Parkway or
455 Flatbush Avenue or
990 Washington Avenue
A spectacular public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. Wave Hill is an oasis of serenity for all visitors. Located in the Riverdale part of the Bronx along the Hudson Rive.
Location: 675 West 252nd Street in the Bronx
Bus: Bx7, Bx10 Leave the bus at 252nd Street. Walk across the parkway bridge and turn left. Walk to 249th Street. Turn right and continue to Wave Hill gate.
Subway: to 231 Street, then take Bx7 or Bx10 bus.
Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Station: Take the Hudson Line local train to Riverdale.
The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy.
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Chinese Scholar’s Garden
This first classical Chinese garden in America was completed in 1999. Every plant was grown and imported from China. Every stone and all the building materials were imported from China. A team of Chinese builders and landscapers carefully assembled the garden at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. You enter the garden through the gift shop (the last Victorian Cottage on Cottage Row).
Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Directions: State Island Ferry to S40 Bus
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A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to art of medieval Europe, located in Fort Tryon Park, Upper Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River. Click here for more.
Queens Botanical Garden
Created as an exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the garden features with rose, bee, herb, and perennial gardens, and changing displays. Just next door to Flushing Meadows Corona Park where you can find the New York Hall of Science and the Queens Museum of Art.
Location: 43-50 Main Street in Queens