Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus Syriacus)

Easily on of the most colorful names of all the inhabitants of the Conservatory Garden is Rose of Sharon.  It originated in 1611, when it was used in the King James Version of the Bible. According to an annotation of the Song of Solomon by the translation committee, this was due to a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for “crocus”.  It is also a very important symbol in the Kabala as well as the national flower of South Korea.  This is obviously a plant with broad appeal. 

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

In horticultural terms Rose of Sharon is a flowering shrub in the plant family Malvaceae native to much of Asia. It is vase-shaped, reaching three feet in height. It is also very strong. If cut and put in a vase it will survive much longer than almost any other plant.  (This is definitely a plant that knows how to thrive in New York City.)  It blooms from June all the way through to October and is one of the only plants in the garden that can be still be found by Halloween.  In fact the plant grows so well in Central Park that it has to be cut back every year to produce flowers, which will only appear on new wood.

The name Rose of Sharon has been used in everything from a Kate Bush song to the literary classic The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Rose of Sharon is the eldest daughter of the Joad family and the sister of the protagonist Tom Joad.) It is a lovely name for a lovely flower that easily lives up to its very exalted literary references.

 

 

 

 

 

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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