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THE CONSERVATORY GARDEN

11 May

My family and I spent our first afternoon in Manhattan walking almost the entire length of Central Park. It is 2.5 miles long and half a mile wide! We were in there for about three hours. We weren’t powerwalking or anything, just taking our time and looking at stuff. Our feet were killing us by the end. Almost at the northern edge of the Park is the Conservatory Garden, Central Park’s only formal garden. Comprised of 6 acres, the Garden takes its name from a conservatory that stood on the site from 1898 to 1934, when the head gardener used the glasshouses to harden hardwood cuttings for the park’s plantings. This is according to wikipedia.

Some brightly colored flowers.

Saucer Magnolias (foreground) and cherry trees.

Apparently in the spring everybody goes crazy for tulips, and you see them planted everywhere. Central Park was no exception.





I just liked the shape of this tree.


pretty white hanging flowers.


Today I learned that this is a pergola, a garden feature which is a shaded walkway formed by pillars with vines on top.

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