Monday, May 30, 2011

Fort Tryon Park

Yesterday found me on the A Train to Inwood, on the northern-most part of Manhattan, to see The Cloisters Museum and Gardens.  After reaching the 190th Street subway stop, I rambled through Fort Tryon Park on the way to museum.  Designed by the Olmstead Brothers (sons of the designer of Central Park) and funded by John D. Rockefeller, the park's gardens are a beautiful sight in full bloom.  Although a little bit out of the way from most NYC "tourist sights", I strongly encourage everyone to get off the beaten path of "must-see, must do" when visiting NYC and head up to Fort Tryon Park.

A not so gentle reminder!

What I find so charming about Fort Tryon Park's borders is that they are not overly manicured.  Whether deliberate or not, the boarders always seem a little bit crowded, overgrown, and slightly "rough".

The under petals of pink on this peony bloom is a beautiful contrast to the white inner petals.

I have never tried growing poppies, and I don't think Greene Garden gets enough sunlight to do so, but I love the muted red petals and black eyes nonetheless.  It also seems to mix well with Digitalis....

Purple loosestrife has a great architectural form and height.  I've never seen it in the front of a border, but it doesn't seem to detract in my eyes.


  1. Hello,

    Thanks for this advice, next time when i go to NY, I go visit this garden.


  2. It's funny, isn't it, how we're predisposed to see plantings stepped, like wedding cakes? As I study the photo of the loosestrife more carefully, I see that everything around it is of one height and that there's a real need for something to stand out.

  3. Hello Michael, welcome and thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.
    I can see that you have begun the long and rewarding voyage of transforming a lost garden into its former or first glory. One of our dreams is to visit New England in late September, October, and NYC will be the starting point, but this will properly have to wait some years to come, but without dreams and hope what are we humans then.
    Henrik, hope that you can understand the danish with google translate :-)

  4. Hi Michael,
    One of my favorite public gardens in NYC is nearby Wave Hill. I have never been to Fort Tryon Park. It is now firmly on my radar! Thanks for a great post.