The soft burble of a waterfall gently caresses your ear. Further on, the river is churned by rapids before crossing a small canyon. Strolling along the river bank, you come across an old tobacco mill dating back to the 1840s. Surrounded by this untouched countryside, you could be forgiven for thinking you have taken a wrong turn. But you are still in New York, at the heart of the Bronx and a mere fifteen kilometres from Manhattan, at the city's botanical garden. More than a hundred years old, it is one of the first of its kind in North America. Spanning over 160,000 sqm, the woodland is testimony to New York's pre-colonial forest, consisting mainly of oaks, birches, American beeches, white ashes, and cherry trees.
With some fifty gardens and plant collections including a Japanese garden, amateurs and connoisseurs alike will be enchanted by this horticultural treasure trove. Over seven million different plant species - some of them three centuries old - are also archived in the herbaria. The showstopper is still the garden's incredible hundred-year-old, wrought iron conservatory, inspired by the Italian Renaissance and featuring a glass dome. An exhibition of thousands of orchids is held here each spring - an absolute must-see if it coincides with your trip to New York.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
New York, NY 10458
+1 718 817 8700