Ornamental Grass

Ornamental Grass Ornamental Grass  – includes not only true grasses (Gramineae) but close relatives such as sedges (Cyperaceae), rushes (Juncaceae), hardy bamboos (particularly the genus Phyllostachys), and others.

The Ornamental Grasses in the Conservatory Garden serve a number of vital functions in the floral landscape.  Aesthetically they provide for a number of purposes that are not always readily apparent to the casual park visitor. Just as extras in a movie screen are generally taken for granted, the garden visitor seldom gives the framing groups of sedge or rushes a second thought. He, or she, barely notices them while admiring the colorful blossoms that stand center stage in the many flower beds around the Garden.  But the grasses provide more than simply a backdrop for their more ornately clad cousins.  For one thing Ornamental Grasses provide movement.  Picture a garden with its seasonal beds of flowering shrubs and perennials.  The blossoms stand tall, or bend down, or lie along the ground, but in general they are motionless; static elements in the floral tableau.  Now, add some tall, green Zebra Grass (Miscanthus Sinensis) to the background.  The grass waves gently in the summer air, providing a kinetic quality to the display that accentuates the beauty of the flowers.  (Think of a Ken Burn’s documentary, there isn’t any film from the Civil War, but through the skillful use of editing he moves the photos across the screen, giving them a three-dimensional depth and an historic resonance they might not otherwise have possessed.) Without the grass there is no movement and so the flowers form a beautiful, if somewhat static, Hallmark Card image; with the sedge in the background, slow dancing with the breeze, the picture takes life, touches memory, becomes fragrant cinema.

Not to beat the film metaphor completely into the mulch, but the ornamental grasses also provide the garden’s soundtrack.  They rustle softly throughout the year giving an aural accompaniment to the garden’s remarkable visual performance.  (Yes, there are bees, but lets face it, they’d be pretty annoying if they were the only thing you heard, wouldn’t they?)

And lastly, the grasses planted around the flower beds provide continuity throughout the changing seasons.  While spring turns into summer, and summer morphs into fall, they provide a backdrop that softens the stark change in scenery.  They also, along with the trees and shrubs, extend the garden’s life well into winter.  The flowers may be gone in December, but the dried seed husks of the variegated grasses wave and whisper, ruefully, in the wind and catch the snow as it swirls by.

While the Ornamental Grasses are hardly the stars of the show, they do have a critical role in the flowering extravaganza, providing an understated, but integral counterpoint to the flashy show around them.

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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