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Is NYC Really A Concrete Jungle? Here Are The Most Beautiful Gardens In The City

New York City’s green spaces go way beyond Central Park.

When the hustle and bustle of the city gets to be too much, New Yorkers know to head to one of the many respites that the Big Apple has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot to take your lunch break or a quiet space to recover your zen, New York City has numerous quiet, peaceful, and gorgeous gardens.

We’ve rounded up some of the most picturesque gardens NYC has to offer, perfect for Instagramming, relaxing, and becoming one with nature.

1. Ford Foundation Atrium

The Ford Foundation’s 160-foot-tall glass structure in Midtown is essentially an indoor garden filled with a wide variety of subtropical plants. The surrounding neighborhood is known for being a high-traffic area full of tourists and locals alike, and this lush getaway is a welcome respite from the busy streets. It was even designated a New York City landmark in the mid-1990s!

The Ford Foundation Atrium is located at 1440 Broadway.

2. New York Botanical Garden

In addition to countless colorful plants and flowers, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) also boasts gorgeous architecture. Founded in 1891, the NYBG is a center for plant research and holds the title for the largest botanical garden in the United States. The landmark hosts a variety of art shows, concerts, and other cultural events, and if you get hungry while wandering the expansive grounds, you can stop by the NYBG’s full-service restaurant.

The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx.

3. The Lotus Garden

High above a parking garage on Manhattan’s Upper West Side lies the Lotus Garden, a 7,000 square foot community garden that is run and maintained by a network of 28 gardeners and an array of volunteers. Unlike other green spaces, the Lotus Garden is only open to the public on Sunday afternoons from April to November, so plan accordingly.

The Lotus Garden is located at 250 West 97th Street.

4. 6BC Botanical Garden

Though it’s more modest in size, the East Village’s 6BC Botanical Garden (named for its location on 6th Street, between Avenues B and C) is filled with life, plant-based and otherwise. Similar to other community gardens in the city, it sprang to life from an abandoned lot decades ago with the help of a dedicated team of volunteer gardeners. At 6BC, you can find hundreds of plants, both native and “immigrants,” which the folks behind the garden say “makes our garden a lot like our community.”

6BC Botanical Garden is located at 622 East 6th Street.

5. Conservatory Garden

Hidden away in the depths of Central Park lies the Conservatory Garden, a six-acre oasis divided into three sections, each showcasing a different country’s native flowers and greenery. The Italian section has pink and white crabapple trees, the French area has tulips, chrysanthemums, and holly, and the English garden contains trees, shrubs, and a sculpture paying tribute to the novel The Secret Garden.

Conservatory Garden is located on the East Side of Central Park North, from 104th to 106th Streets.

6. The Garden at St. Luke in The Fields

In the West Village, the best place to find a peaceful green space is at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, which was erected in 1821. There, you’ll find nearly an acre of flowers, berries, plants, and trees. Humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy the greenery: 100+ species of birds and 24 varieties of butterflies and moths have also been known to drop by.

The Garden at St. Luke in the Fields is located at 485 Hudson Street.

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