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Best Botanical Gardens in New York

If you find yourself dreaming of lush, green landscapes where you can enjoy some serenity and breathe in fresh air, some of the best botanical gardens in New York can be found in the city or very close by. Here are the 12 Best Botanical Gardens in New York, in no particular order:

Botanical Gardens in the Bronx

1. New York Botanical Garden

Location:Bedford Park, Bronx NY
Acreage:250 Acres

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Mission Statement

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant world. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.”

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2. Wave Hill

Location:Riverdale, Bronx NY
Acreage:28 Acres

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Mission Statement

“Since its founding as a public garden in 1965, Wave Hill has evolved as a unique urban oasis, world-class garden and vital resource. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.”

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Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn

3. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Location:Mount Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY
Acreage:52 Acres

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Mission Statement

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. In the Garden, in its community, and well beyond, BBG inspires people of all ages through the conservation, display, and enjoyment of plants; with educational programs that emphasize learning by doing; and with research focused on understanding and conserving regional plants and plant communities.”

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4. Narrows Botanical Garden

Location:Bay Ridge, Brooklyn NY
Acreage:4.5 Acres

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Mission Statement

“The Mission of The Narrows Botanical Gardens is to create a place of rest and relaxation for the entire community by:

  • Displaying gardens that will delight the public both visually and sensuously.
  • Educating the public on horticulture and garden architecture.
  • Teaching respect and preservation of our native flora and fauna to children and adults.
  • Promoting the arts with free cultural events.”

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Botanical Gardens in Queens

5. Queens Botanical Garden

Location:Flushing, Queens NY
Acreage:39 Acres

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Mission Statement

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is an urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and real-world applications of environmental stewardship.”

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Botanical Gardens in Staten Island

6. Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Location:Randall Manor, Staten Island NY
Acreage:83 Acres

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Mission Statement

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden‘s mission is “to provide a vibrant, regional cultural destination that offers dynamic programming in arts, education, horticulture, agriculture, and recreation for diverse cultures and all ages while ensuring a well-managed campus for all residents of Staten Island and surrounding communities.”

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Best Botanical Gardens in Long Island New York

7. Clark Botanic Gardens

Location:Albertson, Long Island NY
Acreage:12 Acres

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Mission Statement

“Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded to support, enhance and preserve Clark Botanic Garden as a serene, tranquil oasis for all to enjoy. We develop and present educational programs for both adults and children, to better appreciate the natural world. All funds raised and donated to the Foundation are used for these purposes. These 12 acres were bequeathed by Grenville Clark in memory of his wife Fanny to remain a sanctuary for birds, plants and visitors. Louisa Clark Spencer, daughter of Grenville and Fanny, was an active member of the Board.”

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8. Planting Fields Arboretum

Location:Oyster Bay, Long Island NY
Acreage:409 Acres

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Mission Statement

“Planting Fields Foundation strives to preserve and make relevant to all audiences the heritage of Planting Fields, an early 20th century 409-acre estate, designed as an integrated composition of the built and natural world.”

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9. Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Location:Great River, Long Island NY
Acreage:691 Acres

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Mission Statement

Bayard Cutting Arboretum was donated to the Long Island State Park Region by Mrs. William Bayard Cutting and her daughter, Mrs. Olivia James, in memory of William Bayard Cutting, “to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty; and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting.””

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10. Bailey Arboretum

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Location:Lattingtown, Long Island NY
Acreage:42 Acres

Mission Statement

Bailey Arboretum is a living museum fostering connections between people and the natural world. On the former estate of horticultural enthusiast Frank Bailey, we enhance and preserve our curated living collections, provide interactive educational programs and engage the community through public and private events.”

Unique Features

  • Home to the World’s largest Dawn Redwood
  • Seven acres of landscaped gardens
  • Woodland hiking paths

11. LongHouse Reserve

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Location:Northwest Harbor, Long Island NY
Acreage:16 Acres

Mission Statement

LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all forms. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world culture and teach the fostering of a creative life.”

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12. Old Westbury Gardens

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Location:Old Westbury, Long Island NY
Acreage:100 Acres

Mission Statement

Old Westbury Gardens seeks to inspire appreciation of the early 20th century American country estate through faithful preservation and interpretation of its landscape, gardens, architecture, and collections.”

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