Conservatory Garden

New York City, United States

Conservatory Garden


The Conservatory Garden is a formal garden near the northeastern corner of Central Park in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Comprising 6 acres (24,000 m2), it is the only formal garden in Central Park. Conservatory Garden takes its name from a conservatory that stood on the site from 1898 to 1935. It is located just west of Fifth Avenue, opposite 104th to 106th Streets.

The park's head gardener, Ignatz Anton Pilát, originally stored plants at the site of Conservatory Garden during the construction of Central Park.: 55–56  At the time, park architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux wanted to landscape most of the northeast corner of Central Park as part of an arboretum, including the site of the current Conservatory Garden and Harlem Meer. However, this proposal was not implemented because of a lack of funds.: 146  Additionally, a formal conservatory had been planned for Conservatory Water, further south in Central Park, but was never built.: 144 

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