New York City's Sublime Urban Gardens

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

Photograph by The Central Park Convervancy

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Conservatory Garden, Central Park

Take a tour through the great gardens of Europe without having to leave Central Park. The Conservatory Garden, situated close to the north end of Central Park, is divided into three sub-gardens: an Italian garden, with wisteria, crabapple trees, and a 12-foot-high fountain; an English garden, with a lily pond, circular beds of bulbs and perennial flowers, and a fountain that pays tribute to Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Secret Garden; and a French garden, featuring tulips, chrysanthemums, Japanese holly, and a fountain calledThe Three Maidens sculpted by a German artist. To enter, you walk in through a majestic iron gate that once stood at the entrance to the Vanderbilt mansion.

Visit: The garden is open from 8 am until dusk, and there is no admission to enter.