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Central Park 🌳  Official account of the Central Park Conservancy. We restore, manage, and enhance Central Park and raise 75% of the Park's budget. #centralparkmoments

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” — Aristotle 📷: @samiamsharp

Morning views. ⛲️☀️ 📷: @heart_and_belly

In this week's #PeepThatPlant, we're featuring the flower wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). 🍃 From far away, wild bergamot resembles a lilac pom-pom. Once you get closer, you'll see that these “pom-poms” are made up of many small tubular flowers. Wild bergamot also goes by the name “bee balm” because it is very popular with pollinators, especially bumblebees (one of which you can see sipping from one of the flowers in the background). 🐝 The reason behind the name “wild bergamot” is the similarity in the smell the plant has to the bergamot orange, which is used to flavor Earl Grey tea. 📝📷: Senior Zone Gardener Mimi Gunderson

A peaceful moment at the Lake. 🌤 📷: @roseallegra

Friends. 🦆🐢 📷: @mitzgami2nyc

A beautiful afternoon at Shakespeare Garden. 🍃🌺🌼

Nighttime at Turtle Pond. 🌤🐢 📷: @pemmy2001

If you love butterflies, you may be familiar with milkweeds. 🦋 This week on #PeepThatPlant, we’re featuring common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), one of several milkweed species in Central Park. 🍃 Common milkweed is easy to spot most seasons, but right now it has clustered pink to lavender sweet-smelling flowers. Milkweeds have a special relationship with the monarch butterfly — it is the only plant they lay their eggs on, and the only food source for monarch caterpillars. 🐛 Milkweeds contain organic compounds that are absorbed by the caterpillars as they munch on the plant’s leaves, and these compounds make them and adult butterflies toxic to birds and other predators. Common milkweed grows all over Central Park, but if you see one, make sure not to disturb it — we’re entering monarch season and there might be eggs on some of the leaves! The eggs are white and hard to see, but very easy to damage. Milkweeds attract many other pollinators as well. If you sit back and watch the plant, you may get to see many different types of butterflies and bees. 🐝 📝📷: Senior Zone Gardener Mimi Gunderson

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

Evening views. 😍 📷: @tati512nyc

If you’ve been in Central Park recently and noticed a sweet scent wafting through the air, there’s a good chance you’re near a flowering linden tree! 🌼 In this week’s #PeepThatPlant, we’re featuring the European linden (Tilia x europaea) — a common street tree throughout New York City and Central Park. They’re often overlooked as “just another tree” — until early summer, when the linden flowers bloom and their sweet, honeyed perfume fills the air. You can find this tree near the East 72nd Street Playground and just north of the Central Park Zoo. 🍃

New York City did something truly unprecedented when it took 800 acres of prime real estate near the nation’s largest city to create a park for the public in the mid-1800s. Lower Manhattan was the most densely populated place in the world when construction began, so the park was going to be the “lungs of the city,” providing restorative fresh air and greenery for the city’s exploding population. Interesting note: proponents of the park were actually inspired by a cemetery in Brooklyn, Green-Wood (@historicgreenwood), where locals could picnic and escape the bustle of city life. #MuseumInstaSwap

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