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The Lions' Sensory Garden, located in Staten Island Botanical Garden, is specially designed keeping in mind the requirements of the physically challenged. The garden has extra wide pathways and low graded walkways for full wheelchair accessibility. It has a beautiful amalgamation of scented herbs and flowers all year round. You can take in the sweet smell of thyme, oregano and lemon balm while viewing the magnificent scenery of maple trees, waterfalls and rock sculptures.
This garden situated in the magnificent Staten Island Botanical Garden is inspired by the famous Sissinghurst in England. The garden designs are a reflection of the European court gardens. The pretty place has mostly gray green foliage and white flowering plants. The annual Fête Blanche Soirée of the SIBG is held here. The garden's beauty is one to remember: during the day the blooms and foliage look bright but at night, under the light of the full moon, the garden appears to be floating.
Inaugurated by the famous NY ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani in memory of his friend Carl Grillo, this conservatory located in The Staten Island Botanical Garden exhibits a rare and beautiful collection of plants. The 2800 square foot facility has a three zone heating system which can replicate arid, tropical and temperate conditions for the huge variety of plants. Workshops and classes are also conducted along with the exhibits. The green house is famous for its exhibitions of rare flowers and native and regional plants.
The Perennial Gardens, located in Staten Island Botanical Garden, is one of the largest in the NY Metropolitan area. The garden has rare as well as common blooms amounting to over 200 varieties. The rare flowers include foxglove, delphinium, toad lily, bee balm and others. The garden is enclosed by a decorative fence and majestic maple trees are found aplenty. The colorful blooms provide a perfect backdrop for wedding parties and other social events. Call the Botanical Garden for more details.
The Staten Island Botanical Gardens is a real treat for nature lovers. A short ferry ride away from Manhattan, the lush gardens display a splendid variety of flora and fauna. It has numerous gardens which are a mix of Victorian as well as contemporary styles. The Botanical Gardens include the scenic and imposing Chinese Scholars garden, Connie Gretz's Secret Garden, Pond Garden, Butterfly Garden and many more. Educational and guided tours are encouraged. The garden plays host for weddings and parties as well. There is a cute gift shop located in here. The gardens are open from dawn to dusk daily; please visit the website for specific timings for various gardens.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center dedicated to art, education, music and history is located on an 83-acre site that was formerly home to thousands of retired sailors. Today it is a cultural landmark for Staten Island. There are 28 buildings; some of which have been converted into the Veterans Memorial Hall, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the John A. Noble collection of Maritime art, and the Staten Island Children's Museum. There is a cafeteria and gift shop on site, and the Staten Island Botanic Gardens is located here.