Tuesday, July 18

A magical garden nobody knows in Central Park

Conservatory Burnett Fountain
"Like many features of the 1858 'Greensward' plan for Central Park, the flower garden that was supposed to be built at 74th Street and Fifth Avenue never made it off the blueprint. But in the 1930s, when the glass conservatory and greenhouses (below, in 1900) that were erected at Fifth Avenue and 105th proved too costly to maintain, parks director Robert Moses had them torn down—and plans for a European-style garden were drawn. The result was the Conservatory Garden, which opened in 1937, a six-acre expanse of fountains, walkways, and lush and enchanting gardens in every direction. Stepping into it feels like walking into a secret, a hidden oasis where the only sounds are the chorus of singing birds and the occasional human gasp at the sight of a curious raccoon. ..."
Ephemeral New York

2013 September: Central Park, 2014 March: Central Park in the Dark - Charles Ives (1906)