Japanese Tree Lilac

Japanese Tree Lilac

Japanese Lilac (Syringa reticulate)

The Japanese Lilac is a small deciduous tree growing to a height of 18 feet and is the largest species of lilac, originally native to the Far East.  It is also the only member of the species that regularly makes a small tree rather than a shrub.  This makes it doubly valuable in a relatively small area such as the Conservatory Garden.  It not only serves as an ornamental tree, but the blossoms far outlast almost any flowering shrub in the garden.

The Japanese Lilac grows vigorously in an urban landscape, blooms lavishly in mid summer, producing panicles of creamy white flowers (the “reticulate” part of its name refers to the net-like array of its flowers). After blooming it develops decorative gold seed capsules that it holds until mid winter. The bark also contributes to its overall beauty—quite similar to cherry bark and very shiny.  In the Conservatory Garden it serves as the perfect counterpoint to the French Lilac and its bright purple flowers.

The Japanese Lilac is also one of the most fragrant blossoms in the garden, with its sweet aroma lingering in the air through the warmth of the early summer months.  The variety grown here in Central Park is the very popular “Ivory Silk” cultivar which thrives in all kinds of soils and is extremely hardy.  This is certainly a visitor from a far off land that has made a spectacular new home, here in New York.


Conservatory Garden

One of the hidden wonders of Central Park is the Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th St. A secluded oasis, just a few steps down from one of the City’s busiest thoroughfares; the garden offers a fragrant respite from the gasp and clatter of the urban afternoon.

Central Park Bike Tour

  • Our bicycle tour has been ranked as one the top 5 things to do in Central Park by TripAdvisor. It is the only tour that covers the entire length of Central Park and it provides an excellent overview of the whole park.
  • The tour takes approximately 2 hours and it includes various stops along the way. On those stops, you can park the bicycle and go for a short stroll along some of the most stunning views of Central Park.
  • Including Bethesda Terrace, Strawberry Fields, The Bow Bridge, Balto and many more. In addition, you will also visit some of the hidden places in Central Park - the Ravine, the secret waterfall and of course our team’s favorite - the Central Park Ramble!
  • 2 Hours - $53 - Prices are per person
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Central Park Pedicab Tour

  • Allow one of our experienced tour guides to show you the beauty of the park from the back of a pedicab. Those iconic NYC pedicabs are one of the best things to do in Central Park!
  • Sit down and relax while your tour guide tells you about the history of the park, architecture, interesting trivia and of course points out the exact location of all those blockbuster movies filmed in Central Park
  • Reserve either 1 hour or 2 hour guided pedicab tour. If you are already in the park, don’t worry, we can send the tour guide to pick you up from one of the many designated pick up zones inside Central Park.
  • 1 Hour - $53 - 2 Hours - $89 - Prices are per person
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Central Park Bike Rental

  • Biking in Central Park is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the park and do it at your own pace.
  • You can pick up your bike from one of our convenient locations around the park. In case you are already inside the park, no worries, we can send our concierge to deliver the bike(s) to one of the many designated bike zones inside the park. At the time of booking, we will direct you to the nearest bike pick up station in the park.
  • Pack some light snacks and a water bottle, take one of the park maps we provide. When reserving your bike rental, you will have an option to include an audio guided tour.
  • 1 Hour $15 - 2 Hours $20 - 3 Hours $25 - All Day (9am -7pm) $40
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Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear – and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel – or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!

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