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James Andrew Conservatory Garden

James Andrew Conservatory Garden

After a great deal of restless anticipation, many of the spring wonders at Central Park’s Conservatory Garden can now be enjoyed! For those who don’t know, the 1937 Gilmore D. Clark designed garden is really a grouping of three gardens in one; an Italian style garden flanked by a French garden and an English garden. It’s a bit like ordering every dessert on the menu! Combined, they more than make up for the fact that they are the only formal gardens in Central Park — and are singularity marked and celebrated as such by the most monumentally magnificent gates, a grand passage that once served as the Vanderbilt mansion’s own entrance.

The Conservatory Garden

The Conservatory Garden

Magnolia and lilac are now once again blooming in the English garden; allées of crab apple tree are beginning to burst with magical blossoms scenting the air with subtle fragrance in the Italian garden; and masses of tulips and lilac trees fill the French garden with a marvelous riot of color. I just can’t get enough! Over the next few weeks I’ll be certain to be making many pilgrimages to the Conservatory Garden for some lifting of the spirit and psyche. One can check the bloom schedule here, but if I were you, I wouldn’t really wait! Just drop everything and dash to Conservatory Garden now! It’s a not to be missed pleasure to behold.

Basking in the beauty of this magical Conservatory, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Spencer” jacket in pink silk and a dusty rose mini check cotton shirt, antique moon stone cuff links, vintage Rolex, Ralph Lauren pink paisley cotton voile pocket square, vintage Gucci python belt, Uniqlo dusty pink cotton pant, and Lanvin beige suede sneakers. My fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose. Tom Ford Bronzing Gel adds a healthy glow.

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5 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Oh James!

    How enchanting and ravishing – the way you’ve described in such detail the elegance of these gardens- I thought of Oscar Wilde, and also of how delirious NYC can be in The Spring !

    I can just see in my mind how beautiful they must be- you know Central Park is where I grew up, as that is where Tice told me he had been diagnosed with AIDS…we sat on a bench and he cried, as for me, I was in a state of shock, which took years to recover from!

    Thanks so much for another beautiful post on WIJW, you look smashing!

    Dean

  2. Karena says:

    James, I certainly agree with everything Dean said and would love to visit the Central Park Conservatory Garden! We are so fortunate to have several beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums in the Kansas City area.

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  3. James Andrew says:

    Darling Dean,

    Central Park is indeed a refuge!

    I can imagine there must be something almost bitter sweet about Central Park for you.

    We are attending a memorial celebrating in the park for my friend Adrianne Grayson who passed last year.

    Much Love and All Best

    JA

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Karena,

    We are so blessed to have these gorgeous gardens when we may not have one of our own.

    We get to experience and enjoy ALL the pleasures of the garden.

    Cheers and Many Thanks for all your kindness and continued support,

    JA

  5. Dean says:

    R.I.P.

    James, I know how much she meant to you, I read the post you did on her-

    Dean

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