A Public Orchard Opens in NYC Featuring Rare Heritage Fruits
New Yorkers will experience fruits that have not been available to the public for centuries
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El Jardin del Paraiso, 710 East 5th Street
LaGuardia Corner Community Garden, 511 LaGuardia Place
West 87th Street Park & Garden, 55-57 West 87th Street
Green Oasis Community Garden, 372 E 8th St
Campos Community Garden, 640-644 East 12th Street
Morris Jumel Community Garden, 455-457 W 162nd Street
Pleasant Village Community Garden, 353 Pleasant Avenue
Lydia's Magic Garden, 1665 Park Avenue
Brotherhood Sisterhood Sol, 140 Hamilton Place
Hill Street Garden, 50 Hill Street
Davidson Avenue Community Garden, 2385 Davidson Avenue
Melrose New Generation Community Garden, 377 East 160th Street
River Garden, 1086 East 180th Street
College Avenue Garden, 1420 College Avenue
Woodycrest Community Garden, 949 Woodycrest Avenue
New Beginnings Community Garden, 2502 Davidson Avenue
Genesis Community Garden, 1183 Franklin Avenue
Gregory's Garden, 444 Warwick Street
Jerry and the Senior Gents, 349 Schenck Avenue
Maple Street Community Garden, Maple Street
Madison Square Association Garden, 1264 Madison Street
Know Waste Lands, 1278 Myrtle Avenue
First Quincy Street Community Garden, 401 Quincy Street
East 4th Community Garden, 171 E 4th Street
Green Dome, 229 North 12th Street
I.S. 318 Project Roots, 110 Walton Street
Brooklyn Bears/Carlton Avenue Garden, 397-401 Carlton Avenue
Hollenback Community Garden, 460 Washington Avenue
Java Street Community Garden, 59 Java Street
Nehemiah Ten GreenThumb Block Association, 565 Barbey Street
Success Garden - East New York, 449-461 Williams Avenue
Smiling Hogshead Ranch, 25-30 Skillman Avenue
Inspired by Van Aken’s earlier project Tree of 40 Fruit, which included single trees grafted to contain up to 40 different varieties of fruit, The Open Orchard builds upon the artist’s longtime dream of an expansive orchard of trees containing hundreds of fruit varieties located in the heart of New York City. Fruit trees cannot be saved in seed banks and must be grown as living trees to be preserved, so Van Aken planned and created his dream orchard that would preserve these fruits for future generations while allowing contemporary audiences to experience fruits that have not been available to the public for centuries.
What You Need to Know About Visiting The Open Orchard at Governors Island
Where is Governors Island located?
Governors Island is considered part of Manhattan and located in New York Harbor.
How do I get to Governors Island?
Get to the island by taking the ferry from Manhattan at 10 South St. Boats run daily. A round trip ferry ticket is $3 for adults and free for seniors and children younger than 12. Check out the ferry schedule at govisland.com/ferry.
When is The Open Orchard at Governors Island open?
The exhibit is open during Governors Island's normal operating hours, which are Monday- Sunday, 7am-6pm. The Open Orchard is a permanent exhibit.
For more information, visit govisland.com or follow Governors Island on Facebook or Instagram.
Main image by Sam Van Aken