On an unassuming block on the Upper West Side there lies a mystical garden that few Upper West Siders know about! Many have walked by without even knowing it was there! Want in on this magical secret filled with botanical beauties? Then check out The Lotus Garden!
The Lotus Garden, located on West 97th between Broadway and West End, is a private community garden servicing West Siders who want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Lotus Garden is open to the community from 1pm-4pm on Sundays, starting in the second week in April and running through the first week of November. However, if you want unlimited access to one of the Upper West Side’s best kept and most zen hidden gems, you can purchase a yearly membership key for only $20 ($10 for seniors)!
The money directly supports the community garden, which is a registered 501(c)3, and helps finance the work of the volunteers who maintain the serene space. There’s a beautiful peach tree, hundreds of flowers, and even two Koi ponds filled with colorful fish! What could be better than relaxing in one of the garden’s reclining chairs while a cool breeze blows through the sweet smelling blossoms?
It may be surprising to some, but The Lotus Garden has been in the neighborhood since 1983! The 7,000 sq. ft. green space, 20 feet above West 97th street, is located directly above a parking garage. It was in fact one of the very first rooftop gardens to make its debut in the city after an impassioned group of volunteers organized for the green space!
In addition to being available on Sundays to the public, The Lotus Garden holds family friendly events throughout the year! Coming up on Tuesday, June 19th, The Lotus Garden will be hosting their annual Summer Solstice Party! For families, they will be hosting a Children’s Arts & Crafts Day on Saturday, July 21st!
To learn more about The Lotus Garden, check out their website here!