Conservatory Garden, New York City

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#13 of 76 in Parks in New York City
The Conservatory Garden is the only formal garden in Central Park, New York City, and located approximately between 104th and 106th street, by Fifth Avenue. Comprising 6acre, it takes its name from a conservatory that stood on the site from 1898 to 1934. The park's head gardener used the glasshouses to harden hardwood cuttings for the park's plantings. After the conservatory was torn down, the garden was designed by Gilmore D. Clarke, landscape architect for Robert Moses, with planting plans by M. Betty Sprout; constructed and planted by WPA workers, it was opened to the public in 1937.
The Garden is composed of three distinct parts, skillfully restored since the 1980s, and is accessible through the Vanderbilt Gate at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, a quarter mile (400 m) south of the park's northeast corner. The Vanderbilt Gate, the central section of the Conservatory Garden is a symmetrical lawn outlined in clipped yew, with a single central fountain jet at the rear. It is flanked by twin allées of crabapples and backed by a curved wisteria pergola against the steep natural slope, that is dominated at its skyline by a giant American Sycamore. Otherwise there is no flower color: instead, on any fine Saturday afternoon in June, it is the scene of photography sessions for colorful wedding parties, for which limousines pull up in rows on Fifth Avenue.
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  • And watch out for the raccoons hiding in the overgrowth in the balcony! And look at the floors, which show the names of the first states that joined the union  more »
  • Mid April is a little early for things in bloom. But it is still very pretty nevertheless. It’s located in the north east part of the park. It is closed part of Wednesday mornings for maintenance.  more »
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  • This is a must visit as I am in Central Park daily. I walk through garden an observer the new buds and new growth. Yep, definitely an early Spring 2019. Can't wait for all of the water features to be turned on or the garden to come into full bloom.
  • Loveliest place ever. I revisited here again when I got back to NYC temporarily. Before now, when I was an undergraduate student, I liked to walk around this place and take photos. This time, when I revisited here, there is nothing change beside my feeling. I feel I want to hold it with me. No one could take it from me, now. That's how I feel. c:
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