Friday, July 26, 2013

The Gardens at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields

The Gardens at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields

      The Garden at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields was built in 1821 and takes up nearly an entire city block in Greenwich Village. It contains over two thirds of an acre of lawn, walks and a fantastic collection of garden standards, rare hybrids, and plants that are native to American soil: it is one of the most admired gardens in the city.
      The brick wall at the south-west end of the garden provides a warm micro-climate which allows a wide variety of flora and fauna to thrive. Many migrating birds and butterflies stop at this garden in the spring and fall because of the abundance of berries and flowers. There have been over 100 species of birds recorded in the garden as well as 24 types of moths and butterflies.
     The garden can be accessed from either the Hudson Street entrance(487 Hudson St.) or from the entrance Barrow St. there is also a second entrance on Hudson St. that is opened during school hours.

      Once inside, the garden is comprised of 6 areas as follows:

 1. The Barrow St Garden which has  four distinct flower beds and several benches where visitors may sit to relax.

 2. The Gene Morin Contemplation corner where you will find shade plants and sculptures.

 3. The south Lawn where parents bring their children to play.

 4. The ally path. This path is especially beautiful in the spring when the 22 cherry trees which line the path are loaded with blossoms. You will also find the barrow St. entrance here.

 5. The Rectory garden is the oldest part of the gardens.and can be accessed from Hudson St. Here you will find a remaining wall of the former parish hall. This area is loved by painters who come by often because of the dramatic imagery.

 6.The north garden with two 100-year old silver maple trees shade what was once part of the churches burial grounds.

For more information go to :

 The Gardens at Saint Luke in the Field
 Attn: Garden Fund
 487 Hudson Street
 New York, NY10014

Photography by Scott Korn