Summer Comes to the Central Park Conservatory

5/28/15

The Central Park Conservatory is one of the most beautiful parts of the park. It is way up at the northeast corner of the park right next to The Harlem Meer. Many people never wander up that far, but if you ever get a chance it is well worth a trip!

It is a six acre formal garden in Central Park and they take immaculate care of it. It is divided into three sections with a different garden style in each; Italian, French & English. They are always planting new flowers and plants, which means there are many things always in bloom from spring through late autumn.

The main entrance is the Vanderbuilt Gate on Fifth Avenue between 104th & 105th Street.

Here is how the Conservatory looks in late May.

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The park caretakers are always replanting to fill in areas where the flowers have faded.

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There are lovely tree lined walkways and benches to sit on and enjoy the park.

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The Southern section is the English-style Garden, and it is my favorite. It has five seasonal beds filled with annuals that are always in bloom. I love this sculpture that is a tribute to the children’s book, “The Secret Garden”.

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The birds are enjoying a bath in the bowl of the young girl in the statue.

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This beautiful Clematis is growing right next to the statue.

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Right now in late May, Foxglove is in bloom.

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I am not sure if this is a type of peony, but it is gorgeous!

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There are still many alliums in bloom everywhere.

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Now this one below is a peony for sure.

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Blue irises.

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I love this white flower!…another peony?

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This is looking across the Center Italian-style garden. There is 12″ high jet fountain with a wisteria pergola behind it.

(I have seen some beautiful wedding photos taken here with the wisteria in full bloom as a backdrop).

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The Northern garden is the French-style garden. There is a rose garden and a maize of seasonal plantings in the middle.

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In the center of the French garden is a sculpture of the Three Dancing Maidens.

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It is definitely worth a trip to the Central Park Conservatory anytime from spring through fall!

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