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The Conservatory Gardens at Central Park

July 5, 2010

The Conservatory Gardens in Central Park are located at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue and look like they’ve just come out of a story book. There are three gardens, an Italian garden with a huge spouting fountain and wisteria pergola (apparently, this garden is the backdrop to many wedding photo sessions), the French garden with the Three Dancing Maidens fountain (bottom right photo) and the English garden with a fountain dedicated to Frances Hodgson Burnett (author of “The Secret Garden”, top left photo). Each garden has a different style of plantings — the English garden looks kind of wild and has rosemary planted among zinnias and hydrangea while the French garden has orderly patterns of lavender neatly trimmed. On a warm summer night the paths were almost empty and it was the perfect place for a walk.

The Gardens are open from 8am to dusk and can be accessed through a gate on 105th Street and Fifth Avenue or the 106th Street gate within Central Park. You can see the official website here.

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