Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in New York City

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.

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant world. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.

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.

Alice’s 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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