The New York Botanical Garden

by Denise Marie

New York Botanical Gardens is the epitome of nature’s beauty. This 250 acreage of year round natural terrain is one of New York’s mesmerized landmarks and landscapes. It is located at 200th Street and Kazimiroff Blvd. in Bronx, New York. More than 500,000 visitors visit the gardens yearly from all around the world.

The highlights featured at the Botanical Gardens are the 50 assorted plant collections and gardens, the current exhibitions, educational programs, research programs, and the sustainability of the horticulture.

History of the Gardens

Founded in 1891, the Botanical Gardens today is one of the most visited public gardens in the world ranking up there with the Royal Botanical Gardens of London. The land and acreage was originally acquired by the city to create the gardens and a zoo. When Botanical Gardens are created it was part of the Lorillard Estate which was owned by Pierre Lorillard. It was declared a national historic landmark in 1967.

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Gardens and Collections

The beautiful and diverse Native Plant Garden takes the spotlight with Northeastern North America native trees, ferns, wildflowers, and grass that flourish no matter the season.

Daylilies come in all shades of yellow, pink, orange, and red. There are 344 different types of these perennials that can be seen on the Daylily Walk showcase.

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is for all young explorers that are seeking the wonders of nature and science. This amazing world of masterminded mazes is a place for all kids to explore the larger than life flowers and hands on activities.

The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden is where all imaginations and plants grow. This is where you can plant seeds, dig for dirt, play in the mud and learn all about your favorite foods from the other side of the globe.

The Forest is 50 acres of the largest discoveries of woodland. Walk the Native American trails while passing under trees that date back to the American Revolution.

Take a deep breath as you come upon the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden. The glee produced by the fragrance and the imperial visions of the gray, green, white and purple foliage’s take you to the relaxing state of heaven.

Surround yourself with beauty, fragrance and color when you visit the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. This award winning garden features environmental cultivars that has been proven durability within the landscape.

Dominating the tropical venue is the Waterlilies and Lotuses Garden, symbolized by the world’s largest water lily, Victoria Amazonica. People have appreciated the resilience of these plants for many years for their magic and conservatory of eternal life. Lotuses and Water Lilies are displayed in blue, purple, pink and yellow.

Visiting The New York Botanical Garden

In all honesty it doesn’t matter which time of the year you visit the Botanical Garden. It mesmerizes all year round for visitors of all ages. The plant collections and gardens are just two reasons to visit. There are many special events going on each day as well as tours, programs and special activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The Garden is open year round and is closed on major holidays. The Garden and Visitor Center Cafés are open every day but Mondays. For detailed hours and other important information please visit The Botanical Garden website.

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