Central Park Conservatory Garden

Vanderbilt Gate Central Park Conservatory Garden

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.

Burnett Fountain Central Park Conservatory Garden
Untermyer Fountain Central Park Conservatory Garden
Flowers Central Park Conservatory Garden


mandy said...

Sounds like a great part of Central Park! I've only been to the lower/people-packed end of the park and it's a little too bustling for me :X Looks like I should give this garden a chance

Kelsey&Kenecha said...

Such a beautiful place.


sonia // daring coco said...

How magical! I never got to explore CP when I was in NYC, and it's something I wish I'd made time for. I was unaware of these gardens, and I'm actually blown away. I know this park is expansive but wow, quiet little garden nooks, I would never have guessed


May Cho said...

Oh my, the garden is gorgeous! I've been dying to visit NYC and my list of things to do just never stops growing; I shall definitely visit Central Park Conservatory Garden one day when I do visit! I love the statues inspired by The Secret Garden; it's one of my favourite classics and to see it being memorialised in such a lovely place is just amazing!

Have a lovely week, Rolala, and thank you so much for sharing! <3


May Cho said...

Oops, I meant Rowena! x

Anonymous said...

Oh it looks soooo beautiful there! The perfect place to relax and get all zen again.

Lilli said...

I want to be there and take lots of photos of all the enchanting nature around, such a dreamy and mesmerizing place! Thanks for the tour Rowena, it really looks like the Secret Garden of the book (one of my fav from the childhood) and that sculpture is amazing. But above all love the last pic, you and your hubby are utterly tender and sweet <3

Jackie Harrison said...

This place is amazing I wish I could go back been their but it been such a while back. Great pictures doll.

Paola Lauretano said...

Amazing place, this garden is really beautiful and so the last pic!!!! <3!!!
Kisses, Paola.


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Ivana Split said...

These images are breath-taking! You really captured the essence of this enchanted garden (calling it enchanted seems appropriate). That last image of you and your husband is totally adorable.

I can totally understand what you mean when you say you wanted to keep this place to yourself. Having a quiet place for oneself is precious...so I appreciate even more the fact you've shared this magical place with us.

Who would have suspected that there is a part of Central Park that is not that well known? I always joked how I will experience deja vu if I ever visited Central Park because it has been featured numerous times in various films, TV shows and series, sitcoms and documentaries. However, you proved me wrong...well, you never know, I might happen to visit NY some day...and I will keep this jewel in my mind if I do:)


Margaret Dallospedale said...

Wowww amazing pictures, this place is lovely.
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Elle Sees said...

i have always wanted to visit there!!

Emmylou said...

Oh wow! Just a beautiful place, Rowena...almost magical.:)

Lena L said...

Awww, love the last picture! <3
I think I've visited once but everything looks so magical and prettier through your lens.
Have a great week, Rowena. :)

Shireen L. Platt said...

I have heard so much and seen lots of Central Garden and it's definitely on my list to visit when we finally get the chance to visit US. And I honestly hope you'll do more photography posts, Rowena, you have such good eye for it and it's such a pleasure to see places and objects through your eyes.

ps: Love the last picture, I know you tend to keep your private life private so it's so lovely to get a see a picture of both of you.

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Lenya said...

Such a gorgeous place. Beautiful pics, Rowena. Gee, I need to live to 190 to visit all the places I wanna see. Thx bunches for the tour. The last pic is so cute. Happy start into a new week, Rowena.

Blackswan said...

Love to take a stroll there too; the garden looks so sserene, Rowena! How romantic! xoxo

Nina Kobi said...

Amazing place. xx


Gabrielle said...

I adore your quotation from The Secret Garden, I can't imagine it suiting another post on any other blog as well as it does this! Rowena, you know I love gardens, flowers and all things pretty.. and so needless to say, this has really put a smile on my face :) Beautiful photography!

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June said...

Beautiful flowers!!


I've not been to the Conservatory Garden there. It look absolutely serene and beautiful. Great photos Rowena. Wishing you a lovely Monday. <3
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Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful photos!! amazing garden!!!
Have a good week, dear Rowena!!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Diana Vilic said...

Great photos.

María Pilar Bernal Maya said...

Very good photos, a beautiful place. Have a good week Rowena
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Coco said...

You have such amazing places in NY! And you two look super cute!
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Unknown said...

Gorgeous photos! This part of Central Park looks so amazing...it made me think of a beautiful garden wedding! :)


Unknown said...

Nice place dear


aliceFashion said...

Beautiful place :)

ALLIE NYC said...

I have never been actually, my step family is coming in to town from Paris and maybe we can check this out.


Corinne said...

I've never heard of this place before, it looks stunning though and love how it seems secret!

Corinne x

Midnight Cowgirl said...

So beautiful! What a lovely place to walk around :)

A Very Sweet Blog said...

Rowena, I love it! So peaceful, tranquil and serene. Upon entering the gates, you know your experience is going to be a magical one. I love the fountains, pathways, benches and of course lovely flowers. You captured it beautifully.

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh this could not have come at a better time! I absolutely LOVE viewing formal gardens and this space has it all! What a huge garden as well and I really like how they have so many natives planted up there! I am adding this to my garden bucket list! And how CUTE is that photo of you and your sweetie up there! Always a treat when we see you on the other side of the lens! Happy day my friend and thank you for inspiring us today! Nicole xoxo

trishie said...

Such a beautiful oasis of calm in the city! Your photography is outstanding, Rowena

little luxury list said...

Aww what a sweet picture of you two! I can't believe i was CLUELESS about this secret garden until you mentioned it! It's going on the list for next time!

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miasmode said...

Omg I can see why people want to get married there. It's breathtakingly beautiful! 37.5 visitors is a lot. Now I feel like I live in one-horse town haha. You guys look adorable. So glad you shared a pic again :)
Happy Tuesday Rowena!


Stanislava E. said...

Aww, you two are so cute together! I can see why you are such a fan of this place. The garden looks really nice and I am not surprised many people decide to get married there. It's lovely when you have such an oasis in your city. Your photos are beautiful as usual. Have a nice day, Rowena! xo

Unknown said...

I love New York and central park. Gorgeous photos.

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Effortlesslady said...

Love the last pic!! Such a beautiful garden.

miss b said...

As soon as I saw the magificent first photo with thosae stunning gates I knew I was going to enjoy this post. I love the Secret Garden and those bronze scuptures are so attractive (They remind me a little of the ones we saw in Singapore in the Botanical Gardens last year!) This is definitely a garden I would love to visit one day!

Unknown said...

beatiful place and photos :)



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Anonymous said...

This is so lovely, Rowena! I would love to visit that place!

Jane said...

This was one of my favorite places to go during the summer! :)

Anonymous said...

I have been to Central Park many times but I didn't know that this beautiful garden was part of it!


Rebeca Muñoz López said...

I heard about this place and the wonders that one can find there about flowers and plants, love plants like my mother, I'm sure she would enjoy much know that place ... someday!


buffalo journeys said...

What a beautiful place! I've only been to parts of it. I look forward to exploring more of the place some day. It's such a gem of a place!

Sunstreetbymonica said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful there! I would love to visit this place and your photos are always so impresive Rowena!:)


The flora there is beyond amazing! Wonderful place to fall in love again... as far as I can see! What about a second wedding, Rowena? ;-))

xoxo Ira

Vanessa N said...

Ugh, it's beautiful *-* (especially the second photo!)
I've been to nearly every garden in Toronto, so obviously visiting gardens while on vacation is a must for me! I've actually yet to read "The Secret Garden" despite it being on my shelf for the past few years, so I obviously need to educate myself and get on that.


JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

Wow Rowena! You got a kiss at the end of your visit, how sweet and romantic *_^

I guess a trip to NYC would not be complete if one doesn't at least drop by to Central Park, right? It's nice that you chose to share with us the conservatory garden. This reminds me so much of our local bird park that my family visited some years back! Such serenity and fun when one makes such an outing!

I would love to see how this place looks during autumn then *_^

Big hugs,

Tales of Whimsy said...

Whoa. What a great place. I must go some time.

Le Petite Moustache said...

Oh my goodness, this place looks absolutely beautiful!! I could sit and stare at that water feature all day!!!