It’s Spring and it is the perfect time to go out and visit some of NYC’s finest flower gardens. Here are some beautiful attractions that are either free or inexpensive to get into.
Gardens at Battery Park
This garden has 25 acres of green space. There are monuments, memorials, gardens, sculptures and cafes that serve organic foods. In addition, there is a nice view of the waterfront along the walkway.
There are two main attractions at this park: the Bosque Garden and the Gardens of Remembrance. The Bosque is six-years-old, covers four acres and is home to 140 London plane trees. The Gardens of Remembrance has many kinds of perennials.
Some flowers, such as the Virginia bluebells and tulips, have already begun to bloom. This month, Oriental poppies, Tassel grape hyacinth and peonies will begin to bloom. Furthermore, as of May 14, there will be Battery Bosque tour to celebrate NYC Wildflower Week. The tour runs from 8am until 9am.
Battery Park got its name after the battery cannons it used to have in the past. Despite its violent history, the area near Castle Clinton is full of fun events such as summer music concerts. Other areas, such as the stone labyrinth, offer quieter experiences that allow visitors to have a relaxing stroll around the park. The SeaGlass Carousel, a building that looks like a nautilus shell, opened last year in Spring 2013.
For getting there via public transportation, visitors should take the R train on the subway line and arrive at the Whitehall St-South Ferry stop.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This garden has 52 acres of land and features the climate-controlled Steinhardt Conservatory. This conservatory is popular for its ability to simultaneously keep up many plant species from different climates. Some gardens features plants that Shakespeare mentioned in his works. The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden has some adorable ducks, too.
“Hanami”, an event that runs until April 29, features Japanese cherry blossoms. The Herb Garden is 17,000 square feet of land and had recently received a makeover in 2010. That is, they added fruits and plants from many locales.
Admission costs $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Conservatory Garden at Central Park
This garden is 74-years-old and features a French, Italian, and English aesthetic in its presentation. Magnolia and Japanese lilac trees surround the statue dedicated to Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of The Secret Garden. Tours will be available until October. They take place on Saturdays at 11am and are free.
Heather Garden at Fort Tryon Park
This garden is baby of Frederik Law Olmsted Jr. and Lynden Miller. Olmsted Jr. designed the structure of the park while Miller smoothed out some of the rougher edges.
Visitors can find the park 250 feet above the Hudson River. It holds acres of land that are nearly identical to those found in an English country estate. Furthermore, the garden features many different kinds of heaths and heathers; these flowers are popular for sometimes blooming in the winter. Their leaves look like needles and turn copper or chocolate covered; they’re truly a unique experience to behold.
As with most parks, most recommend to visit Heather Garden in the summer. Visitors will have access to many tours, such as the free Garden Walking Tours–which take place at the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 2:30pm–and the Fort Tryon Beautification Days–which takes place on April 22, May 20, June 24, July 21, August 19, September 23, and October 28–and is also free.