New York City may be the concrete jungle, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend your summer time looking at fifty shades of grey and tan.

The world (or the city) is your oyster when it comes to discovering beautiful gardens, colorful plants, and exciting hidden gems of the great outdoors. The city is full of summer ~flower power~ so brighten up your day and lift your hardworking spirits with some garden zen!

Throughout New York there are tons of different places for you to get your glimpse of stunning shrubbery and pretty perennials. In the city that never sleeps, it’s time to wake up and smell the roses.

So get up, get out, and check out these ways to explore the beautiful flowers and gardens of the city.


Force the Florals

flower decorations

Perhaps you live in an area lacking in pretty petals to keep you smiling on your morning walk to work. Do street light and lamp posts sprout where you wish there were tulips and daisies?

Instead of sulking around on the drab sidewalk, spice up life inside your home. Pick and choose from ornate, elegant, colorful flowers, and arrange them in a way that reflects your spunky mood and individual personality.

You can thank us later, when you’re clicking your heels on the way out the door each morning.


A Different Kind of Rock

rockafeller center
NYC sights

So maybe foliage isn’t really your thing. Plants don’t exactly get your heart racing, and looking at gardens is less of a pastime and more of just something that happens on your way from point A to point B. The last thing you’d want to spend your time doing is making any sort of nature-based centerpiece.

Well then explore the outdoors from the Rock -- and not the nature type of rock. Something more along the lines of the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. From up there you can see gardens and stretches of pretty nature from a comfortable far distance, all while keeping your feet planted firmly on the man-made ground.

Things to do in New York City

Gallop Past Greenery

central park
NYC tour

For the romantic outdoorsy bunch out here in the big city, hitch a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through beautiful Central Park. Trot by the stunning summertime gardens and big open lawns as you take in the sunshine and natural beauty.

Finish off your cruise through the scenic outdoors with a brunch at the popular Tavern on the Green, where you can spend even more time around natural shrubbery and the work of someone else’s green thumb. ​​​​​​​

Central Park Sightseeing

Succulently Good

terrarium workshop

You can never have enough succulents. Especially when you get to arrange them yourself!

Spend an afternoon designing a stunning centerpiece filled with live plants and greenery. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like an empty orb, some moss, and a plethora of vegetation.

Twig Terrariums

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

photography class
central park tour

Is Central Park just too beautiful for you to even comprehend? Do the majestic gardens lying in front of the towering buildings in the skyline have you head reeling?

Learn to photograph this beautiful setting with help from a pro. After snapping pics in the park, you’ll have the perfect collection of beautiful nature images to brighten up any space. ​​​​​​​