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Spring Native Plant Garden

May 16, 2022 | Horticulture

Spring Native Plant Garden

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Each season, Madison Square Park features a pop-up native plant garden, highlighting a different group of native plants that are best-suited for that time of year. Here you can learn about seasonal native plants and see them in all their glory. Whether you are interested in incorporating native plants into your space for the first time, or are already a native plant expert—there is something in the gardens for everyone!

These collections will give you a sense of how you can create your own beautiful landscape, rooftop, or window box while providing a service to our ever-important pollinators. Native plants help restore the diverse ecosystem that was once here, and provide food sources and habitat for local wildlife.

Our spring display is now on view by the Reflecting Pool, and features beach plum, pussy willow, black huckleberry, and mountain laurel, as the woody shrubs that create the framework for the perennials planted below. Groundcovers such as Iris cristata, Viola sororia, and Anemone canadensis spread to cover bare soil in the garden, while more shade-tolerant species like Aquilegia canadensis, Dyropteris marginalis, and Maianthemum racemosum add color and texture to the dappled shade of any woodland garden. Antennaria neglecta supports the American painted lady butterfly caterpillars, which munch on the foliage. And Fragaria virginiana may look familiar to those who love strawberries! Our native wild strawberry has small, delicious fruits. 

We hope you’ll stop by our Spring Native Plant Garden the next time you’re in the park, and join us in our effort to add more native plants to our city. For more information, download our Guide to Restoring Native Plants in NYC.

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