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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns. Lawns are open daily for public use starting at 10 AM through 9 PM, weather permitting. Learn more about park hours and rules by visiting our FAQ page.


What’s Happening in the Park

May 16, 2022 | Horticulture

Spring Native Plant Garden

Learn more about our Spring Native Plant Garden, and find inspiration for including native plants in your own garden or planter box.

Spring FOrward Tulips
May 11, 2022 | Horticulture

All About Tulips

As the hundreds of tulips featured in the "Spring Forward, Into Summer" horticulture exhibition shower the park in color, we take a moment to examine some helpful tips and information regarding tulip plantings.

Hort Volunteers
May 9, 2022 | Horticulture

Celebrating Our Volunteer Gardeners

During this year's Go Public Gardens event, learn more about the volunteers who keep our gardens looking beautiful year-round.

Tree Blossoms, Romer MSPC
April 28, 2022 | Horticulture

Celebrating Arbor Day

This Arbor Day we're taking an opportunity to reflect back on the origins of the holiday, while also looking ahead to the future of tree plantings in New York City.

Tulipa ‘Akebono’, Conkling, Van Engelen
April 18, 2022 | Horticulture

The History of Tulips

As our tulips prepare to welcome visitors to the park this spring, we look back on the history and significance that has been associated with these beautiful plants.

Letters To The Trees 2
April 14, 2022 | Horticulture

Past Letters to the Trees

As we welcome the return of the Letters to the Trees event on April 15, we look back at handwritten messages to the trees from previous years.

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March 7, 2022 | Horticulture

Addressing Plant Stressors

In an earlier post, we introduced Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a comprehensive approach to effectively addressing pest issues, in a conscious way, to minimize…

IPM Photo
March 1, 2022 | Horticulture

Managing Invasive Pests

At Madison Square Park, we do not apply pesticides. Oftentimes the toxicity and broad application of chemicals can be detrimental to pollinators and other beneficial…

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February 21, 2022 | Horticulture

Designing Our Garden Exhibitions

Since 2018, Madison Square Park Conservancy has hosted at least one horticulture exhibition each year. Our team of expert horticulturists curate exhibitions from…

Celebrating Black Horticulture
February 10, 2022 | Horticulture

Celebrating Black Horticulture

As we celebrate Black History Month, we want to highlight just a few of the community’s many unsung horticultural icons. Their legacies and contributions demonstrate…

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January 13, 2022 | Horticulture

Winter Native Plant Garden

Madison Square Park has added a pop-up native plant garden near the Fountain this year. Here you can learn about seasonal native plants and see them in all their…

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January 10, 2022 | Horticulture

State of Our Trees 2021

Each year, our team completes a thorough tree inspection and assessment to determine the health of our trees. This allows us to identify which trees need extra…

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November 22, 2021 | Horticulture

A Sneak Peek into 2022

Spring is a very special time at our Park. Imagine walking into the park and seeing beautiful bright blooms that welcome you into warmer days. These displays don’t…

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October 6, 2021 | Horticulture

What Can We Learn from the Pine Barrens?

This summer, the park’s gardens transported visitors to the Pine Barrens, a unique regional ecosystem in New York and New Jersey. As the horticulture exhibition…

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August 30, 2021 | Horticulture

The Reflecting Pool Blooms

The Reflecting Pool at the northern end of Madison Square Park features a seasonal native water garden. White and blue flowers are nestled within the reflective…

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August 23, 2021 | Horticulture

Summer Annuals

Our summer annuals are in full bloom! Located in front of Seward and Conkling Monuments, this display showcases a colorful display of flowers that are favorites…

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August 16, 2021 | Horticulture

Why Native Plants Matter

Native plants have gained the reputation for looking messy or weedy and ornamental plants are known for their aesthetic appeal. However, what some people don’t…

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August 9, 2021 | Horticulture

The Trees That Keep Us Cool

It has been a hot summer in New York City. While many of us see hot days as a time to relax in the park, extreme heat temperatures can cause people to experience…

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July 26, 2021 | Horticulture

Our London Plane Trees Are Losing Their Bark—Here’s Why

The London plane tree is a large, shade tree and the most common street tree found in New York City. In fact, it was beloved by former NYC Department of Parks &…

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July 13, 2021 | Horticulture

Curator’s Commentary Part 2: Designing Plants of the Pine Barrens

Last month, I discussed why I wanted to bring awareness to how a simple action like replacing native plants with ornamentals can have a big impact on our ecosystem. Through…

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June 28, 2021 | Horticulture

Curator’s Commentary: Designing Plants of the Pine Barrens

Meet Steph Lucas, Curator of the Plants of the Pine BarrensLearn why this Horticulture exhibition means so much to her. Hello I’m Gardener Steph and the curator…

June 7, 2021 | Horticulture

The Only Level 2 Arboretum in Manhattan

We are proud to announce that Madison Square Park’s arboretum has been designated a Level 2 Arboretum by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton…

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May 17, 2021 | Horticulture

What is Ecological Horticulture?

When most of us think of gardens, we think of them as areas of nature––they are wild in ways but cultivated for human enjoyment through aesthetic principles. We…

May 4, 2021 | Horticulture

Why Our Trees Matter

Each Arbor Day, we thank our trees for all of their hard work. They provide clean water, shade on hot summer days, and habitats for our favorite animals. They clean…

April 27, 2021 | Horticulture

Are There More Tulips Than Usual This Year? (The New York Times)

At a time of global investment mania, New Yorkers can’t seem to get enough of one of the world’s oldest speculative assets. They’re not buying, though. Just admiring. “Stunned…

April 26, 2021 | Horticulture

Letters to the Trees from Eataly

Our friends at Eataly joined us in celebrating the park’s trees for the Letters to the Trees program. As sponsors of the Sustainability Initiative, Eataly’s…

March 2, 2021 | Horticulture, Sustainability

Scavenger Hunt

Native plants and animals have lived in Madison Square Park for decades, becoming a vital part of our ecosystem. Join us in exploring the park’s plants and wildlife…

February 23, 2021 | Horticulture

State of Our Trees

Each year, our team completes a thorough tree inspection and assessment to determine the health of our trees. This allows us to identify which trees need extra…

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February 16, 2021 | Horticulture

Caring for an Arboretum

Since 2018, Madison Square Park has been an arboretum. Caring for an arboretum is no small feat. Our seven-acre park, housing over 300 trees, requires special attention…

December 14, 2020 | Horticulture

Wildlife: A Cooper’s Hawk Hunt

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)It seems like not too long ago, spring was just beginning to sprout from the frozen winter earth. Now, at the tail end of…

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