New York Botanical Garden
Not only is the New York Botanical Garden an enchanted wonderland set in the country's most massive metropolis but it is a nationally significant historic site established in 1891. The majority of the land was formerly owned by a tobacco magnate as well as a portion of the St. John's College campus, now known as Fordham University. Built to emulate the Royal Botanical Gardens in London, the New York institution maintains fifty different gardens and plant collections over 240 stunning acres in the Bronx.
The architecture of the gardens is largely Victorian, harking back to the era of its origins and creating a heightened traditional atmosphere that only strengthens the beauty and simplicity of the gardens. Find yourself in an old-growth forest that dates back to before the first 17th century settlers when the entire land was covered in forests. Within the woods and gardens, you'll find sculptures, fountains, idyllic structures, and more working to highlight the natural beauty of the site.
Among the Rose Garden, Daffodil Collection, Family Garden, Children's Adventure Garden, and more, exploring the New York Botanical Garden is like taking a step from reality into the enchanted world of storybook fairy tales. The New York Botanical Garden also maintains a conservatory, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, in which you'll find the World of Plants exhibition applauding the beauty and diversity of the global family of flora. At the Bronx's own botanical gardens, you can discover, explore, sense, and marvel at the intense fragility and stamina of the world's plants, finding education and yet emotional beauty in the smallest of natural creations.
The Gardens are also home to research facilities and offer education programs for individuals and groups. There are adult education classes, children's and high school level gardening programs, family fun and class trip tours for all ages.