The Central Park Wedding Tour-The Conservatory Garden

Hi! I’m Peter Boruchowitz of Our Wedding
Officiant New York City. Welcome to The Central Park Wedding Tour. And this is
The Conservatory Garden! Although it’s one of the most popular wedding
locations in Central Park, holding your ceremony here requires
distinct Conservatory Garden wedding and photography permits. The current cost of
the permit is listed on the description of this video. The main entrance is
located at the east side of the park on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets. This stately iron gate was fabricated in Paris in 1894 for Cornelius Vanderbilt
and stood before his mansion on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, where Bergdorf-
Goodman’s is now. I don’t have a photography permit, so you’ll have to go
in without me. Maybe you’ll see me walking around inside. The Conservatory
Garden is actually three European-style formal gardens on the site where a
glass-enclosed conservatory once stood. Hence, the garden’s name. The central
Italian-style garden features a large lawn flanked by two allées of crabapple
trees that bloom pink and white in the Spring. Your photography permit allows up
to 25 people on the lawn for wedding portraits. You can have up to a hundred
people in your wedding party here, but you can’t set up chairs. A main feature
of the Italian garden is the fountain that shoots water twelve feet high. The Wisteria pergola at the back of the garden is a popular spot for ceremonies. To catch the Wisteria in bloom, you’ll have to schedule your wedding in April
or May, and hope that the weather cooperates. The vine-covered roof offers
a great respite from the summer sun, but not a heavy rain. And, the pergola is
lined with benches for guests or unity ritual items. The floor of the pergola is
decorated with insignias for each of the original 13 United States arranged from
south to north according to their geography. Except for New York, which
occupies the center spot, nearest to the fountain. The sound of the fountain
blocks out a lot of city noise. At each end of the pergola there are public restrooms for your convenience. The northern French-style garden is also
a popular spot for ceremonies A little bit of Versailles here in Central Park. Unlike the green Italianate garden, the French garden is more colorful, and the
“parterre”, a French-style of planting beds that dates to the 16th century, are
filled with low-lying plants and symmetrical patterns. Beds of tulips
blossom in the spring and chrysanthemums in the fall. The main feature of this
garden is “Three Dancing Maidens”, a fountain designed by Walter Schott and
donated to Central Park in 1947 by the Untermeyer family. This is one of three
full-scale casts that Schott made in the early nineteen-hundreds. The other two are in Antwerp, Belgium and Mecklenburg, Germany. There are few benches here and
no shade. Unless you’re planning a spring or fall wedding, I recommend you hold
your wedding here in the morning, before it gets too hot. In the summer, the
southern garden is the most colorful. In the English-style, garden beds are
planted asymmetrically with flowers and foliage of different heights, colors, and
textures. In the center of the garden is a fountain by sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh, depicting a boy and a girl -a tribute to the children’s book, “The
Secret Garden”, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The fountain, which was cast in 1937,
feeds a water lily pool and attracts songbirds whose music fills the air. This magical garden is a great place for smaller weddings. It’s shady, and there are plenty of benches here. The Conservatory Garden is a gorgeous location for any-sized spring or summer wedding. There is wheelchair
access here through the north entrance at 106 Street, but there are some steps
within the garden. So, accessibility depends on which part of the garden you
choose for your ceremony. I’m Peter Berkowitz of Our Wedding
Officiant NYC. I hope you’ve enjoyed this Central Park Wedding Tour. See you in the


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