New York City's Sublime Urban Gardens

By Marisa Lascala - 2013-05-13T16:26:46Z

Photograph by Albert Vecerka Esto

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Literature fans will swoon over the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Shakespeare Garden, an English garden that showcases the blooms mentioned in the Bard's poems and plays. Others might prefer the Fragrance Garden, the first garden designed for the seeing impaired, focusing instead on plants that you can smell or touch. And then there's the ever-popular Discovery Garden, designed for the littlest garden enthusiasts, which often hosts workshops for children and their families. In total, there are 52 acres of herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and even fruits and veggies to wander through, encompassing everything from the cherry trees of Japan to the bulbs of South Africa. But where to start? Try the incredible new Visitors' Center, with a 10,000-square-foot "living roof"—a roof covered in greenery so that it absorbs rainwater.

Visit: From March to October, grounds are open from 8 am to 6 pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday; from November to February, grounds are open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 am to 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday (hours for the Steinhardt Conservatory and Gallery may be different--check website for details). Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors ($65+) and students (12+), and free for children younger than 12. Admission is free on Tuesdays.

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