Secret Hidden Gardens Blooming in the Heart of New York

Would you be surprised if I told you there are many stunning secret gardens hidden on the streets of New York City?

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Garden of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields; an oasis of tranquility in the middle of NYC. Credit: onthegrid.city.

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Rare, glorious plants and flowers can be found within the secret gardens of St. Luke in the Fields. Credit: onthegrid.city.

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487 Hudson Street, West Village, NYC. The gardens of St. Luke in the Fields were started in 1842 and encompass more than two-thirds of an acre of prime New York real estate.

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Magnificent colors and the calming sense of harmony that only nature can provide. St. Luke in the Fields.

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At the Church of St. Luke in the Fields all are welcome.

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A tiny community garden in New York’s East Village offers charming surprises and a place to sit and enjoy the quiet. Credit: Sideways.nyc. The Creative Little Garden.

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The entrance to the Creative Little Garden. Credit: Foursquare.com.

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The Creative Little Garden, located at 530 East 6th Street, is a “community backyard,” maintained by volunteers from the surrounding neighborhood. There are no plots tended by individual gardeners, instead members collaborate on the landscaping of the whole park. Everyone, not only members, can relax, read, have lunch, work on their laptops or just enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Credit: Foursquare.com.

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Beautiful leaf covered arch. The Creative Little Garden. Credit: Foursquare.com.

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A private rendezvous; a romantic, cozy swing. The Creative Little Garden. Credit: yelp.com.

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The lovely hidden details in the Creative Little Garden are a joy to search out and enjoy.

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Dreamy outdoor wedding at 6BC Botanical Garden, 624 East 6th St. Credit: zola.com.

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Lush, verdant, blossoming greenery in the heart of New York City. 6BC Botanical Garden.

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A local mourning dove of the 6BC Botanical Garden. This thriving space is a community garden. East Villagers, all volunteers, started building it on a rubble-strewn empty lot in the early 1980s.

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The 6BC Garden offers a full range of musical events and hosts all variety of children’s art classes.

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Heavenly wisteria and white tulips in the 6BC Botanical Garden. Credit: evgrieve.com

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This Monarch butterfly is a New York City resident. 6BC Garden.

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The 6BC Garden asks visitors to help them identify the flowers and plants in the garden. I don’t know what this breathtaking flower is, but I’d certainly love it in my garden!

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This adorable little fellow is destined to become an avid gardener and volunteer at the 6BC Garden.

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Very few people realize that located on the roof of 250 West 97th Street; there are hundreds of flowers, an attractive peach tree and two Koi ponds filled with dazzling fish. The Lotus Garden has been in the Upper West Side neighborhood since 1983. The 7,000 square foot green space is located directly above a parking garage. In fact, it was one of the very first rooftop gardens to make its debut in the city. Credit: ilovetheupperwestside.com.

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Lucky Koi fish living in rooftop splendor at the Lotus Garden.

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The Lotus Garden.

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A Lotus Garden of earthly delights. Credit: timeout.com.

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A 12 foot tall peach tree that produces bushels of delicious fruit on a rooftop in New York City? Yes, if you’re visiting the Lotus Garden. Take at tour, watch their gorgeous video here.

New York, always full of sublime beauty and constant surprises. Watch for more little known, amazing places to visit in the city that never sleeps.

 

Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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