There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a day where you’re completely surrounded by tranquil, lush greenery and magnificent floral structures. Soon, all across our state, there will be endless amounts of beautiful flowers blooming and gorgeous green grass growing. To get us in the Spring spirit we’ve put together a list of the 11 most beautiful gardens in New York you’ll ever see. Let’s take a look!
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1. E.M. Mills Rose Garden, Syracuse
Not too far from Syracuse University’s campus, you can find this enchanting gem inside New York’s Thornden Park! With a vast variety of roses and floral archways which you’ll wish you could walk underneath forever, you’ll surely never want to leave this place.
2. Innisfree Garden, Millbrook
In the late 1920s, a couple living at the then-residence began constructing a beautiful garden. After becoming completely captivated by Asian art, the husband working on Innisfree Garden found his destined muse. With Japanese touches all over this garden, you can take mesmerizing tour that generally last 90 minutes. You’ve got to check it out!
3. King’s Garden, Fort Ticonderoga
One of New York’s more historical gardens, the gorgeous brick wall and pathways pictured above were designed all the way back in 1912! During the late 1990s the garden was restored to match its original layout from the early 1900s, designed by one of America’s first practicing female landscape architects. Incredible! Another wild fact? This garden wasn’t open to the public until 1967 and it wasn’t until 2001 that the garden was opened
daily to everyone.
4. Highland Park, Rochester
Founded in 1888, this New York park held it’s first ever Lilac Festival all the way back in 1898. To this day the Lilac Festival of Highland Park is still held annually, showcasing the botanical garden’s true beauty.
5. George Eastman House, Rochester
Once the home to the father of roll film, this estate has been turned into a National Historic Landmark and a museum! During the time innovator George Eastman spent here, the home functioned as a working farm which had charming floral touches. After restorations took place in the early 1990s, this home was made welcome to visitors annually during the thriving months of May until September.
6. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx
This New York National Historic Landmark offers its visitors a 250-acre site, full of incredible plants, flowers and wildlife. Founded in 1891, this garden is particularly special due to its strong advocacy for plant education.
7. Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring
This garden may be minuscule compared to some of the others on our list, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in unique beauty. Spanning across just over ten acres of land, Stonecrop features breathtaking plants, rock gardens, water gardens, stone beds and more.
8. Lindwood Garden, Rochester
Hiding amongst rural New York in the Genesee Valley, you can find this captivating garden that was designed in the early 1900s. A favored spot for summer weddings, this garden also holds an annual Tree Peony Festival of Flowers in the Spring.
9. Yaddo Garden, Saratoga Springs
Created by a man named Spencer Trask as a gift to his wife, this garden was built on the foundation of a romantic love story. The couple sought out to have a balanced mix of man made art and natural beauty featured throughout the garden. Restored in the early 1990s, Yaddo features gorgeous fountains, streams, luscious trees and a wide variety of roses. This place is truly an Upstate gem!
10. Sonnenberg Garden, Canandaigua
The former home of a New York City banker married to the daughter of a New York state Governor during the 1800s, this estate was eventually passed down and sold to the state in 2006. Maintained by wonderful volunteers, the gardens are open from May until October.
11. Maplewood Rose Garden, Rochester
A New York favored spot for warm weather weddings, this garden showcases thousands of rose bushes, with touches of delightful flowers like peonies. With the amount of flowers you’ll find here at Maplewood it should come as no surprise that you’re guaranteed to enjoy an overwhelming burst of floral fumes.
I don’t know about you but… I’m ready for Spring! Have you ever enjoyed a peaceful day at one of these enchanting New York gardens?