A National Historic Landmark, The New York Botanical Garden maintains one of the world’s greatest collections of flora. Its 250 acres include some of the most beautiful natural terrain of any botanical garden in the world, including dramatic rock outcroppings, rolling hills, waterfalls and ponds, the Bronx River, and a 50-acre remnant of the forest that once covered New York City.

Its 50 gardens and plant collections contain more than 1 million plants and include extraordinary displays such as the Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum; the Benenson Ornamental Conifers; the Rock Garden; the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden; herbaceous and mixed borders featuring groundbreaking designs and plant materials including the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden and Ladies’ Border; 30,000 distinguished trees, many more than 200 years old; and an exquisite orchid collection of over 8,000 plants, most housed in the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, which opened in 2005 and is the most sophisticated behind-the-scenes greenhouses of any botanical garden in the United States.

2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817-8700

This is one of the classic historical botanical gardens of the world. The collections are vast, well maintained and labeled. If you are an avid horticulturist, you should make a visit.
That said, I have to say that it was an "adventure" for this small town boy in traveling to the gardens. I was visiting in northern New Jersey and decided to take a day trip to see the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. The first stop was in Brooklyn followed by the drive to NYBG in the Bronx. When I got to the second garden, I had traveled a total of 76.2 miles (most of them on expressways) and I had spent a little over 3. 5 hours in the car!

Each garden constitutes a green oasis in the middle of the concrete, aggressive traffic and masses of people. However, both are wonderful, wonderful gardens! See them!

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