The Native Plant Garden in NYC

Where New Yorkers Flourish With Indigenous Plants

About 11/11/2009

Veronicastrum virginicum/Culver's Root

The Native Plant Garden in Union Square Park – at 15th Street and Union Sq West -is filled with flora that was historically found in Manhattan. It acts as a demonstration garden to inspire New Yorkers to grow wildflowers at home, an outdoor classroom for place-based nature education in our local schools and a habitat havens for local pollinators – our native birds, bees, and butterflies. The garden also features edible native plants such as blueberries and fiddleheads.

The garden is a place where people can interact with the city’s indigenous nature. As an oasis of flora in a metropolis sea, the garden is a treasure. It exists for peace, reflection, education, and appreciation. Students of all ages can use the garden as an ecological classroom, artists can explore its transformations, and the surrounding community can flourish alongside the wildflowers.

Please experience the garden’s nature, and treat it with care. It is a rare public space of historic significance.

Want to grow your own natives?  Download this Gardening with NYC Native Plants document.

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Not-for-profit status: The Native Plant Garden in Union Square Park is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc. as part of its Citizen Action Program.

Creation of the Garden: Mariellé Anzelone conceived and designed the Native Plant Garden in Union Square Park.  Ms. Anzelone is a botanist whose native plant designs of landscapes, greenroofs, and gardens are informed by her work as a botanist and urban ecologist.  She serves on various advisory boards and is active in local plant conservation.  She is also the executive director and co-founder of NYC Wildflower Week.  For more about NYC’s trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns, visit her website, Drosera.

Donations are greatly appreciated!  There are many items on our wish list for the garden.  Our priorities now are to purchase plant labels and an educational sign about native plants.  Any donations given will go directly to the garden and be used for native plant education and maintenance.

Click here to DONATE NOW.  And thank you!


One Response to “About”

  1. Tom Willits Says:

    This looks like a very cool and worthwhile project. Can’t wait to visit the garden!

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