Do you live in the New York Metro Area? If so, you must know that there are tons of ways to make the area look beautiful. Not the “concrete jungle” it once was – there are plenty of gardens and green areas popping up all over New York. If you’re in this sprawling metropolis and love to garden, here’s a list of links hand picked by us that should help you along your way:
Gardener News is a Warren-based monthly gardening newspaper. The site offers important gardening information, comprehensive coverage of local gardening news and events, and features covering a wide variety of interesting reading material and great gardening tips.
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension of Ocean County provides research-based information for the county’s residents in the areas of 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Resource Management, Family and Community Health Sciences, Lawn & Garden, and Marine Resources.
New Jersey Botanical Garden is spread over 96 acres and has a collection of unusual plant species as well as local plants. The website contains visitor information, schedule of gardening events, as well as information on specialty gardens, tours and history of the gardens.
Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a volunteer organization dedicated to various horticultural facilities in Morris County (New Jersey), especially its headquarters location, the George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum. The site provides information about the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, history, events, and workshops.
DIG IT! has original reporting and photography on gardening by knowledgeable people. The website also provides information on gardening events.
The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants as well as an educational institution and a scientific research organization. The Botanical Garden’s curated living collections contain more than 1 million plants. The Garden’s resources include botanical and horticultural library and a herbarium. The Garden also offers a sprawling 250-acre landscape, 50 curated demonstration gardens, a 50-acre native Forest, and programs, exhibitions, and activities for visitors.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is spread over 53-acres and features more than 11,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. The garden is made up of many specialty gardens, including the Japanese-Hill-and-Pond-Garden, the Children’s Garden, the Native Flora Garden, the Cranford Rose Garden, the Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden, and the Steinhardt Conservatory. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is devoted to education, community outreach, and scientific research, and to being a trusted source of information about horticulture, botany, and the importance of conserving plants and protecting the environment.
This link features a forum for discussion on gardening in the Metro New York area, covering topics like where to shop for plants, public gardens, advice on growing plants, tips on building sheds etc.
Master Gardeners of Union County is a community of trained volunteers providing advice and support for home gardeners through Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Station Cooperative Extension.
The Farm at Green Village is spread over 32 acres and has hundreds of varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs, and vines. The organization’s horticulturists and landscaping experts answer all gardening queries. The website has information on schedule of gardening events in the northern New Jersey-New York Metro area.
GreenThumb is an urban gardening program, assisting over 600 gardens and nearly 20,000 garden members throughout New York City. The organization fosters civic participation and encourages neighborhood revitalization while preserving open space. These community gardens, managed by neighborhood residents, provide important green space, and offer public programs that improve quality of life for residents of all ages.
Tree Branch is a website sharing information and links to resources on NYC urban environmentalism, community gardens, open space, public space, waterfronts, greenways, safe and green streets, calendar, and events in New York.
NYC Gov. Parks is the official website of the agency responsible for New York City’s parks and recreational spaces. Includes event listings, permit applications, and more.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park supports the development of a the park along the New York City waterfront through advocacy, fundraising, and innovative programming.
Green Guerillas uses education, orgnization, and advocacy to assist people cultivate community gardens, sustain grassroots and coalitions, and address issues crucial to the future of their gardens.
The New York Restoration Project is a lively site from Bette Midler’s group, which has been restoring parks in upper Manhattan and has helped save community gardens.
Prospect Park is spread over 585-acres and is located in the heart of Brooklyn. Park visitors can look here for park history, destinations, recreation information, and upcoming spring events.
It’s My Park is a joint initiative of the City Parks Foundation and the NYC parks department. Under “What We Do,” there is information about the Bronx River and other projects, citywide volunteer events, small grants programs, and many other efforts that help communities support and build constituencies for their parks.
Flat Bush Gardener is a blog of a Brooklyn-based writer, which has posts on gardening events, Neo-Victorian, Wild, Shade, Organic and Native Plant Gardening, Garden Design, and Garden Restoration.
The Manhattan Rose Society (MRS) is an educational, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the cultivation of roses. The organization provides information on all aspects of rose including which roses grow best in our area, techniques of environmentally friendly gardening, preserving heritage roses, rose history and public rose gardens in our area. The website also includes a schedule of programs and events featuring private garden tours.
The Cornell University Extension Program Livingston County website includes links to useful resources that offer tips on gardening.
The Master Gardeners of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County provides horticultural information and programs on a wide range of gardening subjects.
The Floyd Bennett Gardens Association is a community group that organizes events related to sharing knowledge on gardening.
M’Finda Kalunga Garden is a community group that shares knowledge on gardening.
Liz Christy Community Garden is a community garden that undertakes community garden projects and propagates knowledge about growing plants.
The New York City Compost Project is a guide to composting in New York City backyards and apartments. NYC Compost Project is a program of NYC Department of Sanitation and City’s Botanical Gardens.
The Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden provides information to the community about the science of horticulture, aquaculture, butterfly habitat, and composting. Members propogate knowledge on gardening through care and cultivation of plants by volunteers, both in the garden and elsewhere in the community.
This site is the Cornell University website for the Master Gardeners of Genesee County.
Clark Botanic Garden is located in Long Island. It is a non-profit organization featuring native spring wildflowers, conifers, roses, perennials, wetland and rock garden plants, medicinal plants and collections of particular plant families.
Landis Arboretum is a large public garden overlooking the Schoharie Valley, developed with plantings of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials from around the world.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is a public arboretum with greenhouses, gardens, woodland paths, and rare plant collections.
This site is a listing of landscapers in the New York area which also gives online quotes based on the filled in criteria.
In This Blog a Brooklyn-based gardener narrates her experiences with hydroponic gardening.
The American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization which disseminates knowledge about rhododendrons and azaleas.
A New York-based gardener writes a blog who jots down her experiences while gardening in her backyard. The blog contains immense collection of gardening resources and information.
Westside Community Garden is a non-profit organization that has a flower park, vegetable plots and greenhouse. The site also provides useful resources on growing plants.
The activities of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County focus on agriculture, horticulture, environment, youth development and family and consumer development.
Guerrilla Gardening is a concept where a community of gardening enthusiasts cultivate neglected public land without consent.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension for Wayne County has tons of great information related to gardening in the New York Metro area.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Oswego County is also a vital source for information.
Greater Rochester Perennial Society (GRPS) encourages and promotes perennial gardening and the use and care of perennial plants to gardeners in and around the western New York region.
Rochester Gardening provides information for gardeners in Northeastern USA. The site includes a large list of links to garden and plant information with a special interest page concerning bulbs.
The Garden Path of Penfield Garden Club provides information, invites speakers to educate public on various gardening topics, and holds creative workshops. The organization also holds an annual plant sale in May, offering a variety of member-grown annuals, perennials, and herbs for sale to the community.
The Syracuse Rose Society is a community based in Syracuse that propagates knowledge on cultivation of roses through various events where gardening experts are invited to share information on growing roses.