Hort Programming

Photo by Rashmi Gill

Photo by Rashmi Gill

Arbor Day | April 26th, All Day
This Arbor Day we are kicking off our Letter to the Trees project. Perhaps you have a favorite tree to read under, a special memory, or an inspired drawing to share. Using the mailboxes stationed throughout the Park send a note to our trees. All trees have an identification number so you can personalize your message to a specific tree. No chance to write it down? You can email a tree at trees@madisonsquarepark.org at any point throughout the year.


National Public Gardens Week Celebration 
As an American Public Garden, Mad. Sq. Park invites you to celebrate our blooming spring gardens with an array of free lunchtime programs. All lunchtime programs begin at 12PM and will meet at the Southern Fountain.
May 13 Mindfulness in the Garden Walking Tour
May 14 Bird Watching
May 15 Horticulture Tour with Gardener Steph
May 16 Bird Watching

Visit our greenhouse, which features a variety of plant species and information on the Park’s collection flowers and seasonal planting. The greenhouse will be open all week from 7AM-8PM.

View our outdoor gallery featuring student-made artwork created by P.S. 11’s kindergarten through second grade students. Mad. Sq. Park invited the students to draw their dream gardens for this springtime display. Take a stroll and dream up your own garden!


Lunchtime Bird Watching 

Join local birder Ethan Goodman for a walk around Mad. Sq. Park in search of everyday city birds and more exciting migratory birds like the warblers and woodpeckers. The group will meet at the Southern Fountain at 12PM and binoculars will be provided. Happy Birding!

September 24
September 26
October 1
October 3


Hort Tours

Gardener Steph and her team will take you on a tour through Mad. Sq. Park’s gardens during our lunchtime Hort Tours. This year’s tours will provide an in-depth look at different areas of the Park timed with peak blooms and other interesting horticultural happenings. Hort Tours Meet at the Southern Fountain.

June 18
July 18
August 20
September 17
October 22


Mad. Sq. Hort Day: Hydrangea Hurrah | June 22

Madison Square Park Conservancy presents Mad. Sq. Hort Day: Hydrangea Hurrah. Join us for a family-friendly event celebrating the Park’s prized hydrangeas (one of our perennial collection species) with a host of free fun activities. Details coming soon.


Leaf Fest | November 23, 11AM-2PM

It’s fall and the leaves have started to hit the grass. Join the Mad. Sq. Park team for a community lawn-raking day—we’d be happy for your help. MSPC will provide rakes for children and adults. Leaf Fest will not take place in the event of rain.

Thanks to Mad. Sq. Hort Program sponsors: Credit Suisse Foundation, Con Edison, Eataly, Columbia Property Trust, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.