Would you have ever imagined seeing 20,000 tulips at once in the heart of a bustling city like New-York City?
Well, this gorgeous display of soft pink, vibrant purple, bright red and dark chocolate is a reality at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Designed in the 1930s, this lovely garden became neglected after the Second World War for reasons of lack of city funding and sadly, turned into a wasteland in the 1970s.
In the 1980s, Lynden Miller, a painter and horticulturist took it upon herself to renovate this once elegant garden. And all her talent and dedication contributed to the magnificent success and revival of this beautiful place, now visited by large crowds of people for its serene beauty, a relaxing stroll or beautiful wedding memories. Located in the northerly reaches of Central Park, the Conservatory Garden can be accessed on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets via an impressive iron gate, made in Paris in 1894. This gate - the Vanderbilt Gate - originally stood before the Vanderbilt mansion on Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.
The Conservatory Garden is divided into three smaller gardens offering different styles: French, English and Italian. The French-style garden features a remarkable bronze fountain, the Three Dancing Maidens by German artist Walter Schott (1861-1938), which was donated by the family Untermyer in 1947.
This fountain is surrounded by elliptical parterres of boxwood and spectacular display of tulips in spring. Four rose arbor gates are also found beautifully decorating each corner of the garden.
The English garden is more intimate in comparison to the French formal garden, with its circular mixed borders planted with fragrant lilacs, shrubs, perennials and flower bulbs. 25 different varieties of bulbs have been selected to enlighten these borders.
Here we can admire the ivory 'Spring Green', the tangerine 'Ballerina', the glowing 'Big Smile' and delicate 'Blushing Lady' over a cushion of Muscari Armeniacum (Grape Hyacinth).
This lovely combination results from the marriage of tulips' Elegant lady', 'Violet Beauty', 'Queen of Night' and 'Shirley', gracefully swaying with the wind over a sea of muscari.
'Queen of Night' is really an interesting and attractive sight
At the center of this garden is an adorable bronze statuary fountain over a small water lily pool, created by the sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnah and dedicated in 1936 to the memory of Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of the children's classic, The Secret Garden.
A wonderful spot to sit and read of book or simply admire the colorful settings!
A ring of white to pinks, purples and even blue lilacs surrounds this area, filling the air with their delicate fragrance and offering some light shade against the sometimes ardent rays of sunshine.
The Italian garden is composed of a large lawn bordered by clipped yew and two amazing twin alleys of pink and white crabapple trees. At the back is a grandiose semi-circular wisteria pergola where the names of the original 13 states are inscribed in medallions.
A gentle rain of petals is lightly falling from the Crabapple trees as we exit the park, making a soft blanket of confetti underfoot as we step up the stairs back into bussling NYC.