I’ve been to the Central Park Conservatory Garden a whole bunch of times, but this year I realized that I’d never visited this early in the spring. Now I’m going to make it a point to always get there in April, because so many lovely things are blooming right this minute! Here are five reasons why this destination needs to be top of your list, whether you’re a local or just planning a trip to NYC:
1. To get to the Conservatory Garden, you can walk uptown on Park Avenue – you’ll get to enjoy the famous Park Avenue tulips and cherry trees in full splendor!
2. Fewer crowds! Guys, I love Central Park – but it’s often really crowded. Sometimes it feels less like a nice stroll in the park and more like you’re fighting the same crowds that throng the city sidewalks. The Conservatory Garden is a whole different animal – not too many people know it exists, and a lot of people aren’t keen to walk that far uptown anyway, when most of the Park’s main attractions (Bethesda Terrace, the Bow Bridge) are more central.
3. The trees! The Conservatory Garden is composed of three distinct gardens, and the middle section is in the Italianate style. It features a lawn bordered by rows of pink and white crabapple trees. I’ve always loved these allees but I’ve never seen them in full bloom…it’s spectacular. These white crabapple trees with the little pink buds – so pretty.
4. Quiet! The Conservatory Garden is the only designated quiet zone in the Park, which means no music, performers, bikes, etc. It just adds to the idyllic nature of the garden.
5. The daffodils. Guys, I’ve NEVER seen the Northernmost section of the Conservatory Garden in bloom like this. The first few times I came, this area was under construction and this whole round part was just dirt…womp, womp. Another time I came and the chrysanthemums were in bloom. Pretty, but…daffodils are my favorite flower, and seeing this many of them filled me with delight!