Come take a tour of the Central Park Conservatory Garden with me today! This magnificent formal garden is just 6 acres of the 843 sprawling acres that comprise New York's Central Park and it is one of the park's attractions that still manages to remain relatively hidden in part due to it's location. The Conservatory Garden lies behind Vanderbilt Gate and 105th street on Fifth Avenue. It is actually made up of 3 smaller gardens, each designed in it's own distinctive style. The northern French garden is the home of the dancing nymphs in Untermyer Fountain flanked by concentric circles of flowerbeds. The central Italian style garden features a charming pergola and terrace with views of the entire garden. The southern classic English garden is probably the least formal in style and my favorite. A bronze sculpture based upon the characters of Mary and Dickon from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett that oversee a dainty yet enchanting water lily reflecting pool is the centerpiece of one of the most idyllic spots to sit and take in the splendor of this urban oasis. This officially designated quiet zone is also home to thousands of trees, plants, shrubs, bulbs, perennials and annuals which blossom through the seasons. It's serene beauty makes it a perfect escape and not surprisingly the site for a number weddings. We even witnessed 1 on the day of our visit. Stepping into this enchanting space was kind of like going into a real life fairy tale. I almost wanted to keep this little gem to myself but it is really too good not to share. I hope to return in the fall to see the changing colors of the foliage. The Conservatory Garden is open from 8am to 8pm daily.
Cool fact: Central Park itself is reported to attract approximately 37.5 million visitors a year.