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New York City's Sublime Urban Gardens

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

Photograph by Malcolm Pinckney

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Fort Tryon Park

Fort Tryon Park lays claim to the largest public garden in New York City, the Heather Garden, which boasts 450 varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. At the behest of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the garden was designed by the Olmsted Brothers—sons of the architect of Central Park—who also planned the Manhattan park's rocky Alpine Garden. Rockefeller not only saw to the preservation of green space within the park, he protected its view, too; he bought the land along the Palisades across the Hudson River so it couldn't be developed, leaving the vista unspoiled.

Visit: There is no admission to visit Fort Tryon Park.