Mad. Sq. Hort
The flourishing, welcoming atmosphere of Madison Square Park is achieved by design and hard work. Our dedicated gardeners nurture the lush lawns, the age-old trees, and the ever-changing display of annual and perennial plantings. No matter the season, there is always flora to stir the senses.
Flora Feature: Witch-Hazels
February 15, 2018
Unfortunately, yesterday one the Park’s favorite trees, the remnants of a 300 year old English elm, was removed in the Park due to concerns for [Read More]
November 29, 2017
The first public christmas tree in the United States was displayed in Madison Square Park on December 21, 1912. The idea of a public Christmas [Read More]
November 28, 2017
Did you know that the common witch-hazel blooms in the fall? Hamamelis virginiana, the common witch-hazel, is the source of the astringent which has been used [Read More]
October 31, 2016
As winter approaches, many gardeners are beginning to look for plants to extend the length of the growing season. One of their top picks is [Read More]
June 17, 2016
Madison Square Park is heralding the season of hydrangeas and welcoming even more to our expansive collection of over 300 hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are one of [Read More]
April 27, 2016
Perhaps one of America’s most beloved native trees, the Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis is certainly putting on a show at Madison Square Park. A favorite of [Read More]
April 15, 2016
While most admirers of tulips think of tulips as spring plants, most garden enthusiasts like to think of tulips as a fall endeavor. All of [Read More]
, Gardener Steph
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March 11, 2016
Those familiar with Greek mythology may recall the story of Narcissus, a man so beautiful that became mesmerized upon seeing his own reflection in a pool [Read More]
February 11, 2016
Witch-hazels or Hamamelis are a genera of shrubby plants native to North America, China, and Japan. The genus name, Hamamelis, means “together with fruit,” referring [Read More]
, Gardener Steph
There are over 10,000 tulips that bloom each spring in Madison Square Park
In China, the Hydrangea is the symbol of enlightenment, as one can get lost staring into the plants many petals acheiving and almost meditative state.
Have a toothache? Look around the park for a large-leafed plant called spilanthese.It’s a popular remedy in some South American cultures as chewing the plant creates a numbing effect in the mouth.
Madison Square Park’s initial landscape was designed in 1870 by Ignatz Pilat, a noted horticulturist who worked alongside Fredrick Law Olmsted as Central Park’s head landscape gardener.