New York may be one of the busiest, most bustling cities in the world but there are still numerous places to stop and smell the flowers. There is a reason springtime weddings in the city are so coveted, the lush foliage and eye-popping colors create incredible settings for pictures and ceremonies. But you don’t need to say “I do” to appreciate the gorgeous gardens taking root around all over the city.
Here are some of our favorite places to take in the spring foliage!
In New York’s ‘backyard’, visitors can be transported to a flowery oasis of cherry blossoms that dance in the breeze and shower the ground in pink petals. The cherry blossoms are all around the park and are one of the biggest ‘must see’ attractions in the spring. They are especially prevalent in the Central Park Reservoir.
Another fragrant beauty in Central Park is Lilac Walk; a pathway lined with over twenty varieties of purple, pink and white lilacs. Central Park in the spring is extremely popular amongst brides looking for the perfect natural backdrop, especially the Conservatory Garden where daffodils, magnolia trees, tulips and crab apple trees create picturesque respite from the bustling city. Divided into three distinct sections, the Conservatory is considered the best place in the park to enjoy spring foliage; there’s even a reflecting pool featuring hundreds of water lilies.
Overlooking the Hudson and Palisades, Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden that offers a vibrant landscape and is one of the most beautiful spots in the City. The site was once a private estate and features the original 1843 fieldstone mansion that was housed famous residents such as Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and Arturo Toscanini. The property features several themed gardens but one of the more popular attractions is the vibrant trees in mid-spring. The cherry blossoms and magnolia trees are one of the most beloved attractions but don’t miss out on the purple Chionodoxa flowers that blanket the ground in the woodland area.
Rolling hills, a waterfall, a lake, woodlands and 585 acres of natural beauty make Prospect Park one of the city’s most adored locales, especially in the springtime. Budding trees and flowerbeds make taking a walk in the park a popular pastime for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Of course you’ll also find Long Meadow to be the perfect place for a picnic on a warm sunny day under the canopy of flowering trees. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, the park features several other attractions including a zoo that is home to nearly 400 animals.
Set atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River in Fort Tryon Park resides the Cloisters Museum and Gardens. Offering stunning gardens reminiscent of centuries past the gardens are authentic, in that they were landscaped according to horticulture information obtained from medieval records. This makes for a truly unique garden experience, which will leave you feeling as though you’ve stepped back in time.
Additionally there are more than 600 community gardens located throughout the city that provide reprieve from the busy streets. Be sure to stop and enjoy the City’s stunning gardens when you visit New York!