New York City may be a concrete jungle, but that doesn't mean we don't have any lush, verdant escapes. Visit these public gardens to see NYC in full bloom.
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, (pictured)
The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum has a long history, dating back to the 1600s. The mansion itself was built in 1842, and formal and terraced gardens were added in 1916 by the famed designers at Delano & Aldrich. Today, visitors can spend an afternoon picnicking on the grass (after a tour of the historic home, of course), enjoying the scenery of this little pocket of the Bronx's Pelham Bay Park. The grounds are in the midst of a restoration that will bring them closer to their original geometric designs, dotted with rhododendron, azalea, hydrangea, mountain laurel, lilac, and a line of chestnut trees. Head there now so you can see the gardens before the restoration is complete—then return to see the results.
Visit: The grounds are open daily from 8:30 am to dusk, and admission is free; tours of the 1830s mansion are available noon to 4 pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays ($5 for adults, $3 for children, free for kids under six).
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