The Central Park Conservatory Garden is a six-acre formal garden. It has three smaller gardens with distinct styles: Italian, French, and English. The main entrance to the garden is Vanderbilt Gate. It was made in Paris in 1894 and it was originally a gate to the Vanderbilt mansion in NYC. The Italianate center garden has a large lawn surrounded by hedges and allées of spring-blooming pink and white crabapple trees. There is a twelve-foot high jet fountain backed by tiered hedges and stairs that lead up to a wisteria pergola. On the walkway under the pergola are medallions inscribed with the names of the original 13 states. The northern, French-style garden showcases a Three Dancing Maidens fountain by German sculptor, Walter Schott. To the south is the very intimate English-style garden, “at the center is sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh’s lovely Frances Hodgeson Burnett Memorial Fountain, a tribute to the author of the children’s book, The Secret Garden. The children — a girl and a boy, said to depict Mary and Dickon, the main characters from the classic — stand at one end of a small water lily pool.”
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