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A Touch of Italy in NYC

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Looking for something to do in Manhattan that’s free and outdoors? Why not check out Central Park’s Conservatory Garden? The Garden is actually a combination of three smaller gardens, each with its own theme. These three gardens draw their inspiration from Italy, France, and the United Kingdom.

In the Italian garden, there is a jet fountain with a wisteria pergola and an expansive sweeping rectangular lawn “per fare una passeggiata.”In the French garden, you’ll find a statue entitled Three Dancing Maidens. The flowers in this garden change with the change in seasons, from tulips in the summer to chrysanthemums in the fall. Last but not least, the English Garden is full of color and has a hidden area with a fish pond in the center, inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden.”

These are just a few of the details about each of these beautiful gardens. The Conservatory Garden offers free 90-minute tours, which leave from the Vanderbilt Gate ( 105th Street and Fifth Avenue) at 11 a.m. every Saturday through October 29. If you’d rather explore on your own, the garden is open daily from 8 a.m. until dusk.For more information, 212/310/6600 or www.centralparknyc.org

Learn more about the Conservatory Garden here.