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All five New York City boroughs each have a Botanical Garden. The Central Park Conservatory Garden is the Botanical Garden for the Borough of Manhattan. It is an ideal location to view the fall foliage in the city.
This garden hosts weddings by reservation, and is an ideal place to sit and relax with a book. The six acre garden houses three styles of landscaping: English, French and Italian. Each style is in its own garden. In each of the three different style gardens, you will find different plants in bloom almost year round.
Most visitors do not know that on the walkway under the pergola, in the Italian garden, are thirteen medallions inscribed with the names of the original thirteen states. So be sure to look for them when you visit.
There is a fountain in each of the gardens. There is a geyser in front of the pergola in the Italian garden. The French Garden has the Untermyer Fountain of Three Dancing Maidens. The English Garden has the Burnett Fountain depicting Dickon and Mary from the book "The Secret Garden".
To enter the Conservatory Garden, you can come in through one of two entrances. From the east side enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street. The second entrance is at the 106th St. gate inside the Park.
One last thing, late October is the best time to check out the Chrysanthemum displays at the garden, and there is no entrance fee!
Happy visiting, and check back for my other Central Park posts. Have you been to the Conservatory Garden? What did you like most? Do you know of any other public botanical gardens in Manhattan. Please share you thoughts in the comments.