Arguably our favorite garden in the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an ideal place to see the first signs of spring in New York City. Bright yellow buds on the Asiatic dogwood trees, fragrant white magnolias, and dainty daffodils are all showing their colors throughout the BBG’s 52 acres. Plus, a couple of the garden’s most famous inhabitants, the cherry trees, are already bursting with bright pink blooms in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and Cherry Walk. You can track the cherry blossoms here to see when and where the trees flower. Over the next few weeks, the spring bulbs, like tulips, forsythia, and South African wildflowers will all start to appear.
While we’ve spent the last week obsessing over the just-revealed designs for the High Line’s third and final section, let’s not forget about the 20-block long existing portion that we have come to know and love. The High Line is currently halfway through its annual Spring Cutback, where the gardeners prepare the park’s gardens for fresh blooms and warmer weather. The hard work is already paying off, as the cutback has revealed blossoming white squill on the park’s Northern Spur Preserve near 16th Street and pretty pink Dawn bodnant viburnum near Gansevoort Street, between West 14th and West 15th Streets, and between West 21st and West 22nd Streets. You can stay updated on the cutback and new blooms on the High Line’s blog.
Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the sister to Central Park, is a true gem in New York City. Park creators Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux preserved the landscape’s original geography, creating a 585-acre park that boasts rolling hills, a waterfall, lake, lush woodland, and more than 30,000 trees. A springtime stroll along the meandering paths reveals blooming cherry trees, pockets of daffodils, sprinklings of crocuses, and newly budded trees ready to burst with green leaves. Bring a picnic to enjoy under the flowering trees on the Long Meadow or get lost on the wooded paths, where you’ll feel miles away from the city’s hustle and bustle.