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Tour the Forest Park Greenhouse

Ever wonder where the flowers in your parks come from? The Forest Park Greenhouse is one of three greenhouses located across the city. At this greenhouse, our gardeners grow tens of thousands of plants for flowerbeds throughout Queens and Brooklyn. 


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Although the greenhouse complex has been in operation for more than a century, most of its houses have been recently renovated, and operate using a computerized system which controls the light, temperature, and humidity in which the plants are grown.


Photo by Daniel Avila

The three trays in the foreground hold hundreds of seedlings that will eventually be transplanted to larger trays as they grow. The dry erase board contains the day’s instructions to the gardeners overseeing these plants.


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Some plants are grown from cuttings that root in a specially designed propagating bench filled with sand.


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Every year the greenhouse’s gardeners meet and decide which species they will need for their gardens, and which new plants and flowers they would like to try. These tricolor sweet potato vines are a new addition, selected for their multicolored leaves.


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Geraniums are popular for their bright color and hardiness, and are among the first flowers the greenhouse grows every year. This one is Geranium ‘Maverick Orange.’


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These gorgeous ‘Little Lucky Hot Pink’ lantanas are an annual, native to the West Indies but capable of thriving in NYC’s warmer seasons.


Photo by Daniel Avila

The Palm House, one of the greenhouse’s buildings, contains only tropical plants, which are used as focal pieces in gardens throughout Queens.


Photo by Daniel Avila

Once mature, some of the annuals are reserved to be used for propagation: gardeners make cuttings from them, which will become new plants.


Photo by Daniel Avila

Although alcohol is not permitted in parks, we do make an exception for Vodka begonias.

Spring Blooms

Want to take your own tour of spring in parks? Visit our Spring Blooms page for photos of parks in full flower, citywide.

 

 

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