NEW YORK CITY

New York City is known for its iconic & cinematic urban landscape, Woody Allen expressed "No matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white." However the city is changing and never has the phrase 'urban jungle' been so relevant. Neighbourhoods our reclaiming areas of New York's forgotten past and turning them into beautiful green spaces.

 

"One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years." Thomas Wolfe

Founded in 1910 the 'Brooklyn Botanic Gardens' are situated in the Prospect Park neighbourhood of Brooklyn, and have become world renowed today for representing the very best in urban gardening and horticulture. The park is divided up into several speciality gardens and collections including; 'The Japanese Hill & Pond Garden', 'The Cranford Rose Garden' and most famously 'The Native Flora Garden'. Which was the orignal section of the garden opened in 1910, housing plants only native to the New York Metropolitan area.   

The Manhatten High Line is an elevated linear park created on a section of  the New York Central Railroad. The planting design created in collaboration with gardener Piet Oudolf  is inspired by the self-seeded plants that flourished when the line was decommissioned. The High Line is an essential way to walk and view the city with its beautiful contrast of perennials, grasses and trees against the urban landscape. The Handbook photographed below can be found at the book store 'Printed Matter Inc.' 231 Eleventh Avenue. Which has an extensive range of creative design books.

BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDENS

990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, United States

MANHATTEN HIGH LINE

The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

SPROUT HOME STORE

44 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States

Sprout opened amongst a growing trend for plant stores in Brooklyn catering to the ever increases number of balcony gardeners. They stock a large range of housewares including ceramic planters, macrame plant hangers and terrariums. They also have a beautiful array of plants and peaceful walled garden nestled in the quiet neighbourhood of Williamsburg.

SHAKEPEARE GARDEN - CENTRAL PARK

West Side between 79th and 80th Streets., New York, NY 10024, United States

Central Park is striking from whatever angle you look at it and is a tranquil spot to escape the hustle and bustle of  uptown Manhatten. Hidden amongst the park is Shakespeare Garden; a four acre garden named and inspired by the English poet and playwright. The garden’s diverse planting scheme, including columbine, primrose, wormwood, cowslip, are all inspired by floral references mentioned in the Bard's work. The garden has the feel of an old English countryside dropped in amongst the urban backdrop of Manhatten.

COMMUNITY GARDENS - BROOKLYN BEAR'S

Garden locations at brooklynbears.wordpress.com

The community garden movement in Brooklyn has thrived over the last ten years. Created by green starved urbanites fed up with the derelict abandoned neighbourhoods and drug problems they started digging and the first site at Pacific Street was born. Since then more and more of these gardens have opened. They are all mostly open to the public to walk round as well as holding talks and community events.

COMMUNITY GARDENS - BROOKLYN BEAR'S

Garden locations at brooklynbears.wordpress.com

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