Peony (Paeonia)

It is said that mischievous nymphs hide amid the petals of the Peony thereby causing this lovely blossom to symbolize bashfulness. The flower was named after Pæon, a physician to the gods, who obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo.  A student under Aesculapius, god of medicine, Pæon was well aware of the medicinal qualities of peony plants. He used them to heal a wound suffered by the god, Pluto. The upstaged Aesculapius wasn’t pleased and threatened retribution, but, Pluto saved Pæon’s life: he turned him into a plant.  What a pal.

Peony

Peony

The Peony is a plant which can boast one of the longest histories of human cultivation on the planet.  It has been raised in China as an ornamental flower for millennia and is treasured throughout the far east for its beauty.  The Chinese city of Luoyang has had a reputation as the cultivation center for peonies for centuries. For countless generations peonies in Luoyang have been said to be the finest in the country.  The annual peony exhibitions that take place there are spectacular events that draw people from around the country.  In China the Peony is also prized for its medicinal value – white peony root is still used to treat liver problems there, as well as in many other parts of the world.

This hardy plant makes its appearance in the Conservatory Garden in early June and lasts all the way through September.  Its bountiful blossoms have a lovely scent and the nectar on the buds are an irresistible draw for ants.  They are herbaceous perennial plants that grow to one to two feet tall.  Once planted Peonies like to be left alone and tend to get even with anyone who tries to move them by not flowering again for several years. Once established, however, they produce gorgeous blooms every summer for decades. The Central Park Peonies are particularly beautiful in July as they add their own generously sized and brightly colored blossoms to the mid-summer festival of riotous color that graces the South, or English Garden.

So, nymphs or no nymphs the Peony is an engagingly fragrant addition to the Conservatory Garden and a beautiful grace note to the flower beds that surround the Secret Garden Statue beside the Lily Pond Pool.

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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