Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

The Oakleaf hydrangea is a somewhat coarse deciduous shrub with big leaves, long, sometimes drooping limbs, and an open, loosely branched mounded habit. It has multiple stems which form an upright rounded clump 6-10 ft tall with an even greater spread.  In the Conservatory Garden the Oakleaf Hydrangea anchors the middle of the annual bed number five in the South Garden. This native shrub of the southeastern United States is truly an all-season plant. Its flower heads are brilliant white in the summer and fade to a pleasing cream and the months wind down towards fall. Large, bold leaves then turn crimson while the papery bark stands out in the eventual wintry landscape.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea

The Oakleaf Hydrangea has sprouts that shoot up from underground roots and often grows in colonies. Young stems are covered in a felt-like light brown bark, and the larger stems have attractive cinnamon-tan-orange bark that shreds and peels in thin flakes.  Leaves are yellowish green on top and downy-white underneath. They have three, five or seven pointed lobes and are 4-12 in long and almost as wide. Plants in shade have larger leaves than those grown in sun.

Hydrangea quercifolia is an under story shrub, and is often planted in the shade of large oaks, hickories, magnolias, etc.  In the Conservatory Garden it does not play this subordinate role, having its own stage to star upon.  The bright white flower clusters are vibrantly framed by the full green leaves that surround them, giving the small tree the aspect of a giant bridal bouquet.  In fact the Oakleaf Hydrangea is a favorite backdrop for hundreds of wedding shoots that held in the Conservatory Gardens each year.  Brides and Grooms from all over the globe come to Central Park each year to take their pictures posed amid the brilliant foliage.

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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