Squill (Scilla)

Squill is a type of bulb-forming perennial herbs from the family Liliaceae (lily family). There are more than ninety species found in woodlands, sub alpine meadows, and seashores across the Old World and they have become a favorite with gardeners all across the Northern Hemisphere as well. Their vibrantly beautiful flowers are usually blue, but white, pink, and purple types are not uncommon.  Most of this species flower in early spring, but a few bloom during the fall months.

In the Conservatory Garden Squill are one of the many species of colorful flowers that bloom in spring, their appearance heralding the arrival of warmer weather, longer days and balmy afternoons spent among the flagrant blooms. The wood, or wild, hyacinth, called also bluebell or harebell ( S. nonscripta ), is the common squill and the one most often seen in Central Park.


The Scilla peruviana, a variant of the flower, is of interest for its name; it is a native of southwest Europe, not of Peru. The name resulted when Carolus Linnaeus (the brilliant man who gave us the modern method for naming and categorizing all plants and animals) described the species in 1753; he was given specimens imported from Spain aboard a ship named Peru, and was misled into thinking the specimens had come from that country. Unfortunately the rules of botanical naming do not allow a scientific name to be changed simply because it is potentially confusing.

In the area of practical applications squill liquid extract, a preparation of powdered squill and ethanol, is used as an ingredient in cough medicines and cardiac surgery and is still employed in many homeopathic treatments.

While the squill in the Conservatory Garden are seldom seen as the star of the show they are an integral component of the bright floral array that appears every spring.  If there were a best supporting flower award this hearty bloom would surely be a favored nominee.


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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