Visit to Central Park’s Conservatory Garden
Green was the color of a recent bike ride across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.
Our destination was the Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, the only large-scale formal garden in Central Park. It features three distinct landscaped areas, each reflecting a different style of landscaping.
The center area is Italian. An expanse of green lawn stretches to a circular fountain
Stone staircases lead up to a magical wisteria-draped secluded area.
The Italian garden is flanked on either side by a gorgeous allee of crab apple trees; the branches intertwine to make a living roof that creates perfect sun-dappled shade in which to read or simply commune with nature.
On Tuesday, just enough blossoms remained on the branches to create gentle pink-and-white snowfalls whenever the breeze stirred the trees. Robins, blue jays and a pair of bold cardinals fluttered back and forth, showing off their colors.
The female cardinal, although not as flamboyant, is equally stunning.
To the south of the lawn is the French garden and to the north is the English,
filled with tulips
overhung with lilacs and their delicious scent
and centered by a Frances Hodgson Burnett-inspired fountain.
As we left, the male cardinal watched over his little world from atop an old-fashioned lamppost.2011, Birds, Central Park, Flora, In the City, May, NYC Parks, Seasons, Spring, Wildlife/Natural History comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.