When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden? You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.
Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers.
These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcome all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty. Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.
Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is one of the oldest and most visited Japanese-inspired gardens outside Japan. It is a blend of the ancient hill-and-pond style and the more recent stroll-garden style, in which various landscape features are gradually revealed along winding paths. The garden features artificial hills contoured around a pond, a waterfall, and an island, along with carefully placed rocks. Architectural elements include wooden bridges, stone lanterns, a viewing pavilion, a Shinto shrine, and a dramatic vermilion-colored wooden torii.
6BC Botanical Garden
646 6th St, New York, NY 10009
We call it a botanical garden because that’s the traditional name for a garden where visitors come to learn about lots of plants from lots of places. Our garden includes hundreds of plants, native plants, as well as many that were immigrants to New York– and that makes our garden a lot like our community.
Creative Little Garden
530 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
The Creative Little Garden has been an oasis of tranquility in New York’s East Village since 1978. It’s a “community backyard” maintained by volunteers from the surrounding neighborhood. There are no plots tended by individual gardeners. Instead, members collaborate on the landscaping of the whole park. Everyone, not only members, can relax, read, have lunch, work on your laptop or just enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of our garden.
34th Street and Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
For the fifty years that Alice Parsekian lived in this area, she worked diligently to keep her neighborhood clean. For twenty of those years, she maintained this small plot of land across the street from where she lived on 34th. She planted flowers and tended to them on a regular basis. Today, there is a brick path that leads visitors into this secret oasis named for Alice, who died in 2010 at the age of eighty-six.
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