The garden is symmetrical and simple in its layout to suit the grand mansion built by Thomas Pell on land bought from the Siwanoy Native Americans. There seems to be no record of the actual price paid – one report suggesting the original land of over 9,000 acres to have been exchanged for a hogshead of Jamaican rum.
Beautifully landscaped with mixed borders of color and water features, the gardens stand on the site of a woman’s jail since demolished and replaced with the serenity of nature. It is next to the Jefferson Market Library. The tulip display is worth seeing as are the roses and the cherry trees in blossom.
With a playground and wetland park next to each other, it is an ideal place to get away from the bustle of the city, where kids can play and adults can enjoy some quiet meditation. There is a walkway through the park from the manmade waterfall along the stream where a number of bird species can be seen. Revel in the shade, water plants and lush foliage in this park.
Settle on a bench in the early spring sunshine to enjoy the sight of the flowers in this lovingly tended garden offset by the old church buildings – the cornerstone of the church was laid back in 1821. Enjoy the roses, lavender, spring blooms, shaded pathways and sprinklings of cherry blossoms.
With views over the Hudson River this public garden is well manicured. It is hardly pocket-sized – being 28 acres in extent. View the cherry and plum blossoms, the lilies and blazing displays of spring plantings now.