Central Park’s Conservatory Garden, NYC

central park's conservancy garden (05727)Central Park’s Conservatory garden is located at the north end of Central Park. A six-acre formal garden designed by Gilmore D. Clarke.

Opened in 1937, it is an officially designated Quiet Zone. A beautiful setting to relax and recharge. Stroll leisurely along the pathways, admire the flowers and settings or sit quietly with a book.

Enter through the Vanderbilt Gate at 5th Avenue between 104th and 105th Street. The Conservatory Garden is divided into 3 smaller gardens – English, French and Italian.

The photos below were taken April 30, 2013 by my daughter Kathy when we visited the garden. Thank you Kathy.

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Yew Hedge & Flowering Crabapple Trees

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The other side of the fence is 5th Avenue

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Hellebores (Lenten Rose)

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Stairs leading up to wisteria pergola

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Wisteria Pergola

The Conservatory Garden is home to more than 20,000 tulips. They were at their  best when we visited.

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To learn more about the Conservatory Garden, click here.
To learn about the magnificent Vanderbilt gate and a photo click here.

The Conservatory Garden is:
Open daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk
Wheelchair accessible at the 106th Street gate inside Park
Restroom available
An officially designated Quiet Zone
(dogs must be leashed and kept on pathways at all times; no running, rollerblading, or bike riding; no organized, active recreation or sports allowed; headphones required for radios)

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Copyright © by Norma Chang. All Rights Reserved. Do not use/repost any photos and/or articles without permission.

About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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56 Responses to Central Park’s Conservatory Garden, NYC

  1. Absolutely magical Norma.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. Ann Drohosky says:

    Norma, Lovely to see color! Pictures are wonderful!
    Ann Drohosky

  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    I’m so in love with this garden. At our old house we planted wisteria over the arbor that went along the downstairs part of the house. It was my father’s favorite flower and every Spring it would remind me of him. The scent was intoxicating and I could sit on the verandah above for ages, just enjoying it. Tulips are another big favorite of mine but they didn’t grow very well because it just doesn’t get cold enough.

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I want to live in this garden! So beautiful!

  5. Ginny says:

    As we awoke to yet another dusting of snow this morning, it was a treat to view the lovely photos of the garden. Loved seeing the tulips (especially since I can no longer grow them due to the local deer that frequent my yard)! Thanks for the intro to Central Park’s Conservatory Garden and the colorful reminder that Spring is on the way!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Ginny,
      I was not a happy trooper when I looked out the window this morning and saw the lawn covered with a fresh coat of snow. I too had to give up growing tulips because of the deer. A day trip to the Conservatory Garden is doable.

  6. Phyllis smith says:

    Another beautiful post! Pictures are so nice! Thanks for reminding me Spring is here…well sort of:)

  7. Beautiful photos! Hopefully spring will follow soon…. 🙂

  8. Now THIS is Spring color. What a gorgeous place and amazing pictures. Thanks for making me smile on this gloomy looking Monday!

  9. Eva Taylor says:

    This is JUST what the doctor ordered, my friend! It’s windy, cold, dreary and grey up in our parts and seeing your daughter’s beautiful photos just put me into a good place, thank you! Nothing is daring to poke out of the ground yet, they are being cautious because winter again was brutal. I adore Lily of Valley, it’s so nice to see them in the photos and Lilacs. I haven’t been to this conservatory yet, so it’s definitely on my list for the future!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      We are having identical kind of weather as you. Let me know when you are coming to the Big Apple, I would be happy to join you at the Conservatory Garden.

  10. Margaret says:

    How beautiful – hard to believe that we may be looking at such glorious colour in another month or so…hopefully 😉

  11. Echo Wu says:

    Lovely photos, Norma! These photos certainly provide a hint that spring is just around the corner.

  12. mac says:

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing, been to NYC couple times but never got a chance to visit the conservatory garden.

  13. hotlyspiced says:

    Thank you for a beautiful tour. I love Central Park. Your daughter is a very good photographer. The colours of the flowers and the trees are spectacular. I would love to spend some quiet time in this garden xx

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Charlie,
      You are welcomed, I too love Central Park and could spend the whole day in the garden and the other areas of the park. I will pass along your compliment to my daughter she would be very happy. My daughter is a much better photographer than I and she has a good eye for composition so whenever we travel together I conveniently leave my camera behind.

  14. Beautiful! I would love to stroll through Central Park to take in the serene garden 🙂

  15. Oh Ms. Norma, this looks absolutely wonderful. I can’t believe I’ve never been there before. Just beautiful photos.

  16. Connie says:

    Norma, this is just what I needed to see on this cold and dreary day. It’s so good to be reminded of what we have to look forward to – that spring will actually arrive in our gardens one of these days, not just on the calendar.
    Your daughter, Kathy, did an amazing job taking those pictures. It’s so good that you could share that time together. This is a place I need to visit someday…

  17. Juliana says:

    We have been so many times at Central Park, but never visited the Conservatory Garden…I will make sure that we do next time in NY.
    Stunning pictures…so lively and beautiful colors…thanks for the tour Norma.
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Julianna,
      The conservatory garden is well worth a visit, you will be amazed at the landscaping. I am planning a visit when the wisteria is in full bloom. A wonderful week to you too.

  18. Spring has sprung! Gorgeous shots Norma

  19. durga says:

    I went to central park so many times but i did not know this garden. It is going to be my next visit

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Durga,
      I was surprised how many people have visited Central Park and did not know about the Conservatory Garden reason I sent my blog post to Joyce to forward to MG’s. You will love the garden, it’s like you are in Europe not Manhattan.

  20. Chris says:

    Never knew about this special place, and it’s just a short train trip away… Thanks so much for thinking to share this inspiration with the MG’s, Norma – I’m going to find a day to go down for THIS year’s tulips!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Chris,
      You will very much enjoy this garden, it transports you into an entire different world. I am planning to visit again when the wisterias are in full bloom.

  21. my mom and both of my sister will enjoying the scene for sure…..

  22. Karen says:

    If you enjoy flowers, the conservatory is a must see when visiting New York.

  23. Linda says:

    Gorgeous photos, Norma! Happy Easter to you. 🙂

  24. shenANNAgans says:

    I’m so jealous. It’s freezing here now, seems to have snapped super cold in a matter of days. Sigh! Although, I shouldn’t complain, you’ve been dealing with epic amounts of snow. Enjoy All that colour and warmth and sunshine and prettiness. 🙂 Looks stunning, and to think its smack bang in the middle of the city. I’ve not been, but it’s on the list.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Anna,
      Guess it is now your turn, but I am assuming your winter is much, much milder than mine. When you enter that garden it is like you are transported into a different world, no sight nor sound of Manhattan. Hope you have an opportunity to visit.

  25. If I ever get back to NY, I’d love to go there. At first when I saw the photos I thought wow! I thought NYC was still in winter with only a whisper of spring. Then I saw the photos were from late April a couple years ago. That’s something to really look forward to after the winter you’ve all had.

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  27. Sophie33 says:

    Waw! All go the flowers were blooming so well! xxx Thanks for the lovely tour! xxx
    Thanks to Kathy!

  28. nusrat2010 says:

    Feast for my eyes ❤ Love, grace, beauty, peace, joy, charisma … all in one place, one blog-post. Thank you, dear Norma for making my day.
    P.S. I'm growing some tomatoes, Okra and a boat load of herbs this year. Wish me luck and thanks for being my inspiration ❤

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