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Open House New York: Fort Tryon Park Cottage and The Heather Garden

Here’s your chance to see inside of the Fort Tryon Park Cottage! The 1908 cottage flanking the Heather Garden was originally the gatehouse of the C.K.G Billings Estate and has retained its charm over its many uses in the last 108 years.  Please meet at the Fort Tryon Park Cottage, on the southwest corner of Margaret Corbin Circle, across the crosswalk at the north end of Javits Playground. For Heather Garden tours go to the stone pillars.

The Heather Garden is part of the larger Fort Tryon Park, which was donated to NYC in 1935 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers. It boasts over 500 varieties of plants, trees, and shrubs, and breathtaking views of the majestic New Jersey Palisades.

Come on a tour to learn more!  DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, HEATHER GARDEN AND FORT TRYON COTTAGE TOURS REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS.

More information about Advance Reservations will be posted on http://www.ohny.org/weekend/overview. A full list of sites opening their doors to the public during the 2017 OHNY Weekend will be released in late September.

Heather Garden Design Tour with Public Garden Designer Ronda M. Brands at Fort Tryon Park

Join public garden designer Ronda M. Brands for a behind-the-scenes look at the design and planting scheme of the three-acre Heather Garden with its 550 varieties of plants, trees, and shrubs.

Brands and colleague Lynden Miller have served as garden consultants to the Fort Tryon Park Trust since 2009. Learn how they worked with the park’s gardeners and the Olmsted Brother’s original 1935 plant list to strengthen and rejuvenate the Heather Garden to make it a destination with horticultural interest in every season. Their Framework Plan also equipped the Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks gardeners with information on how to best sustain the garden for future generations.