What’s to See?
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Created in 1902, this huge Victorian conservatory is a definite must-see for visitors to New York City. The Edith A. Haupt Conservatory is home to the permanent exhibition entitled A World of Plants – a magnificent presentation of 11 distinct habitats from around the world. Visitors can experience rain forests, deserts and magnificent plant and flower displays on an ecological tour of Earth’s development over time and space.
Visitors can also enquire about seasonal exhibitions hosted in the Conservatory, including the popular Holiday Train Show and The Orchid Show.
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
From late May until early September, the award-winning Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden provides visitors with a stunning display of over 3000 rose plants. The garden is a full treat to the senses – the sight of so many blooming roses is one that is hard to forget and the fragrance is a true delight. The garden is home to a multitude of rose varieties – from the antique rose that is rumored to be over 2000 years old, to contemporary shrubs and floribundas.
The Rock Garden
Spread on three acres of area, this dramatic rock garden has been touted as the most beautiful of its kind on earth. The garden boasts a delightful waterfall and stream and literally thousands of alpine flowers displayed against the dramatic background of rocks. Visitors will enjoy this rock garden in every season as plants and their colors change to provide an endless show of beauty and wonder.
The Home Gardening Center
For visitors who have been inspired to create their own garden after experiencing the beauty of the New York Botanical Gardens, they will find answers to all their questions about how to go about doing so in the Home Gardening Center. Here they will find a number of model gardens on display, together with explanations and handouts to make the process as simple as possible.
Where New York City now stands was once magnificent woodland that covered the entire expanse of the area. Today, the only remnant left of that natural wonder is a 50-acre forest region incorporated into the New York Botanical Gardens. Visitors can still experience the beauty and peace while wandering through paths lined with 200-year-old trees and along the Bronx River. The Forest is a peaceful haven for a variety of bird species and visitors can enjoy nature watching at its best.
The Seasonal Walk
The New York Botanical Gardens is beautiful all year round, and nothing evokes this image as much as the Seasonal Walk. Throughout the year, this path is changing palette of different colors from seasonal flowers and plants. From tulips, annuals and perennials to chrysanthemums and a riot of color in the changing autumn leaves, the Seasonal Walk is a glorious testimony to the wonder of nature.
The Mertz Library
Known as one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive research libraries about the world of plants, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library is situated in the New York Botanical Gardens. The library has over 1 million accessioned items, ranging from manuscripts dating back to the 12th century and contemporary research and data regarding all aspects of botanical and horticulture studies.