NYC's Garden Secrets
by David Sokol, 04/17/2012
(From left) Azalea Garden, courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden • Celandine Poppy at Wave Hill, photo by Dan Willner
Mother Nature inhabits every nook and cranny of New York City, from the short hellebores nodding modestly in front of a Riverdale cottage to the Kanzan trees blooming, firecracker-like, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's famous Cherry Esplanade. Whether beloved or off the radar, these swaths of flora all put on an attention-getting show to herald the change of season. The spidery yellow flowers of witch hazel dangling near the southwest entrance of Carl Schurz Park provide one of the first signs of winter's end, and nothing says that summer's on the way like the lush hostas at Madison Square Park. We've asked New Yorkers in charge of the City's botanical bounty to recommend the most intriguing lesser-known places to witness spring's awakening.