Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens is a good spot for history, art, and gardens. For Snug Harbor, take the S40 bus at Gate D to travel along Richmond Terrace for about a ten-minute ride.
|arriving at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island|
|peonies in bloom at Snug Harbor Cultural Center|
|an esplanade at Snug Harbor Cultural Center|
This 83-acre estate served as a home in the 19th century for retired seaman, and exploring the buildings and grounds makes for a full visit. Snug Harbor includes a maritime museum, a splendid Greek Revival Music Hall, and a children's museum, among other attractions, all surrounded by expansive landscaping and a variety of thematic gardens such as the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden. The estate hosts many performances and community events.
|the way to the secret garden|
One of the gardens is the Connie Gretz Secret Garden. Modeled after the special place in Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's book The Secret Garden, the garden was financed by a stockbroker in memory of his wife who passed away from cancer at the age of 46. The enchanting fort-like structure leads to a maze designed to teach children how to be patient in their search for adventure, taking one step after another.
|approaching the secret garden|
|Connie Gretz Secret Garden, entrance|
|the maze inside the garden|
I can't tell you more about the secret garden. It's a secret. You'll have to find your own way there.
|leaving the secret garden|
Website for Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden: http://snug-harbor.org/
Harbor in Bloom, Snug Harbor's Spring Festival, will be open to the public on May 5 and 6.
View Larger Map
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from Sunday, April 15, 2012.