There are an estimated 1775 botanical gardens around the world, so choosing one to visit can be a challenge. For native New York residences, you’re in luck. New York is a host to some of the most amazing botanical gardens.
The state of New York is not only beautiful, it’s also plentiful. New York has over 10 botanic gardens, each with its own features and plant species. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful gardens to visit in New York.
New York Botanical Garden
Of course the New York Botanical Garden made its way onto the list. It houses 50 distinctive gardens and plant collections. It’s also a host to a rock collection, a 550,000-volume library, a vintage greenhouse from the 1980s, extensive research facilities, and more. The garden is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The garden is closed Mondays with the exception of special dates.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Brooklyn Botanic garden is one of New York’s most well-known botanic gardens, and for good reason. The 52-acre garden was founded in 1910 and holds over 14,000 different plant species. The garden also hosts educational programs for its surrounding communities in order to inspire appreciation of the environment.
BBG offers stunning spaces for weddings and special events as well. Visiting hours are Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Innisfree is a 150-acre garden located in Millbrook, New York and was founded by Walter Beck and his wife, Marion. The garden was designed by landscape architect Lester Collins with the help of the Becks. It was inspired by traditional Chinese gardening methods. The idea was to incorporate plants into spaces so that the entire garden could not be seen at first glance. In order to view the garden in its entirety, you must stroll through various sections of outdoor spaces.
Innisfree is open Wednesday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-5.pm.
Highland Botanical Park
Highland Botanical Park is a beautiful 150-acre botanical garden known for its amazing collection of over 1,200 lilac shrubs. The garden is home to other plant species such as magnolias, azaleas, Japanese maples, and barberries. Included in the park is a conservatory greenhouse, a rock garden, a sunken garden, an amphitheater, and a Gothic-style edifice (“Warner Castle”). The garden is also host to the yearly Rochester Lilac Festival in May which includes games, food, entertainment, art, and more.