It’s hard to imagine a better view than the one through your window overlooking Bryant Park. But as nature’s beauty emerges from the thaw, New York’s loveliest gardens are now in bloom. Grab your camera and find the most colorful spots in Manhattan and beyond.

When you’re in search of green space, Central Park is a natural fit. Make your way to the Conservancy Garden at 105th Street and 5th Avenue where spring daffodils are blooming and crabapple trees are draped in pale pink blossom.

As part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters celebrates European medieval art and architecture. Located on a hilltop in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, a trio of enclosed gardens encompass both medieval species and modern plants from across the globe.

Overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx, Wave Hill is essentially a living museum of more than 4,000 varieties of foliage. Wander among flower gardens and sprawling woodlands, and marvel over the repurposed greenhouse spaces that now hold a fragrant herb garden and Mediterranean plants that thrive in the sunlight.   

Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery is a natural arboretum that contains one of New York City’s greatest collections of trees and shrubs — some dating back to the 19th century along with more climate-adaptable additions.

New York’s urban oases also include the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and the Queens Botanical Garden, and you might even be surprised by what you bump into on a city stroll. Check out the colorful bluebells and tulips in the Gardens of Remembrance in Battery Park, and enjoy a quiet moment of contemplation within the gates of 6BC Botanical Garden in the East Village. Book your stay at Park Terrace in the heart of Manhattan, then take advantage of the warmer weather to watch nature flourish.

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