Blooming flowers and trees can be every photographer’s dream come true in the spring, but it might not always be easy to find such sights in the urban jungle. Fortunately, there are several parks and gardens in and around New York City that overflow with the blossoming beauty of spring. Start flexing your warmer weather photographic muscles by visiting these locations and capturing the annual wonder of the season.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Covering 52 acres, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens features perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, vegetables and fruits throughout the year. In spring, photographers have plenty to shoot including Japanese cherry trees (seen in the featured image by Keith Carver) and the blooming bulbs from South Africa. There’s also the Shakespeare Garden that’s an English style garden filled with the flowers and blooms from the famous Bard’s writings. The 10,000 square too Visitor’s Center features a living roof covered with greenery to absorb the rainwater and thrive through the warmer months. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open year round and offers free admission on Tuesdays.
New York Botanical Garden
Located in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden is the biggest botanical garden destination in the city and boasts over 250 acres of lush flowers, plants and trees. Many know the focal point of the garden as the all-glass Conservatory, but there’s much more to see and photography within the sprawling complex. Garden types include a rose garden, herb garden, children’s garden, rock garden and a wetland trail. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, the New York Botanical Garden provides several hours of photographic opportunities just for the price of admission.
Conservatory Garden in Central Park
The Conservatory Garden in Central Park offers photography lovers the opportunity to wander through the great gardens of Europe with Italian, French and English sub-gardens full of fountains, flowering trees, ponds and beds of perennial flowers and bulbs. With free admission through the sophisticate iron gate, the biggest challenge of shooting here is trying not to overflow your camera’s storage with many beautiful images.
Fort Tryon Park
As home to the Heather Garden, the largest public garden in New York City, Fort Tryon Park is worth exploring for any photographer. The Olmsted Brothers, sons of the Central Park architect, designed the garden, which possesses 450 varieties of trees, shrubs and plants. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. knew the importance of preserve the green space of the park and purchased it along with the Palisades across the Hudson River to prevent development and maintain an unspoiled vista of beauty. Admission is free to Fort Tryon Park, and there’s much more to see and photograph than just the Heather Garden.
Bosque Garden in Battery Park
Built around 140 mature London plane trees, Bosque Garden in Battery Park features 30,000 perennial plants that fill in around the trees for amazing photographic opportunities. Along with views of the Statue of Liberty and the battery, the garden also features a 40-foot granite spiral fountain at one end and The Seaglass Carousel at the other. With no admission to visit Bosque Garden, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Capturing the softer, lusher side of spring in New York City’s urban jungle landscape is easy when you know where to go. Bring out the beauty of your spring images with digital printing from Baboo Digital.