3 Beautiful New York Gardens to Enjoy in the Spring
The time of the year that we have been waiting for all winter long has finally arrived. The weather is slowly getting nicer. The temperatures are getting warmer. More and more birds are in the air. Buds are beginning to form on the trees and bushes. Flowers are starting to bloom and display their brilliant colors. Spring has finally come to New York! What better places to enjoy all the beauty and wonder of springtime than in three of New York’s finest gardens.
When you study ESL in NYC at Pace University’s English Language Institute, you will have the opportunity to visit these beautiful gardens and experience spring at its finest. Sometimes you may visit these gardens on a trip which is part of your class, or part of our regular student activities calendar. You can also visit yourself in your free time.
The three beautiful New York gardens you will want to see are:
#1 Conservatory Garden – Central Park
The Conservatory Garden is Central Park's six-acre formal garden. It 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.
The Conservatory Garden is an officially designated Quiet Zone and offers a calm and colorful setting for a leisurely stroll, an intimate wedding, or an escape with a good book.
For many years the garden was tended by volunteers from the Garden Club of America and in 1983 it was restored by the Central Park Conservancy.
Conservatory Garden Hours
- April: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- May – August 14: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
- August 15 – 31: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
- September: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- October: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Central Park on the East Side of Manhattan from 104th-106th Streets. Enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, or 106th Street gate inside the Park.
More Information Visit the Conservatory Garden website.
#2 The New York Botanical Garden – Bronx
The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a famous plant research and conservation organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs.
There is always something new to see, smell, and smile about. With a variety of gardens and collections on 250 acres, the endless array of plants and flowers will amaze you.
New York Botanical Garden Hours
- Open year-round, Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Closed Mondays, except for holidays.
Location 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458
By Metro-North Railroad: Take the Harlem Line Local Train from Grand Central Terminal to the “Botanical Gardens” station. Cross Southern Boulevard to the Garden’s Mosholu Entrance.Just 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan!
By Subway from Manhattan: Take the 2 train uptown to Southern Blvd in the Bronx and transfer to the Bx19 bus to 174 St.
More Information Visit the New York Botanical Garden website.
#3 Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a beautiful 52-acre garden in the heart of Brooklyn. The Garden was founded in 1910. It has ponds full of fish and turtles. The fountain in front of the conservatory has giant goldfish, and rabbits wander through some of the gardens. There are many plant species from all over the world and lots of winding paths with maps and signposts at various points.
Themed areas include a Japanese garden, a rock garden (which has flowers as well as rocks, unlike Zen rock gardens), a rose garden and a native flora garden. There is also a cherry tree lined lawn which visitors are officially allowed to sit on, and a conservatory where various ecosystems, tropical, desert, aquatic, are recreated in greenhouses.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Hours
March – October:
- Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Closed Mondays, except for holidays
Enter the garden at 455 Flatbush Avenue or 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY Directions
By Subway from Manhattan:
- Take the 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum Station
- Take the B, Q, or S train to Prospect Park Station
- Take the 4 or 5 to Franklin Avenue Station
More Information Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website.
The best ways to see these gardens is to live for a while in New York City.
WRITTEN BY BRIAN HICKEY