Conservatory Garden

The Conservatory Garden is Central Park’s only formal garden and it is filled with lush landscapes and picturesque scenery. The six acre land includes three different sections, each containing a unique fountain. The entrance on 5th Avenue and 105th Street, features the Vanderbilt Gate which once welcomed guest during the Gilded Age to Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s chateau and the Plaza Hotel at 58th Street and Fifth Avenue.

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The Conservatory Garden is an officially designated Quiet Zone and offers a tranquil and colorful setting for a relaxing walk, and intimate wedding, or an escape with a good book.

A 12 foot fountains stands at the end of the main entrance with a walkway leading to a wisteria pergola allowing visitors to relax under green foliage.

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To the right of the entrance leads to what is known as the Secret Garden. The fountain and sculpture was dedicated in 1936 to the memory of Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of the children’s book, The Secret Garden.

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For many years the garden was tended by volunteers from the Garden Club of America and in 1983 it was restored by the Central Park Conservancy.

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