85 Years of the Heather Garden: Building on the Olmsted Brothers Legacy (Online)

Watch the recording of the Zoom workshop HERE. The Heather Garden: Building on the Olmsted Legacy for 85 Years. Join an online workshop with Public Garden Designer Ronda Brands and travel through the 8+ decades of the Heather Garden's evolving landscape. Starting with the Olmsted Brothers planting plan for John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the […]

Autumn Highlights Garden Tour with Public Garden Designer Ronda M. Brands

Join public garden designer Ronda M. Brands for a behind-the-scenes look at the particular design emphasis on the Heather Garden’s autumn assets, and the plant selections made to ensure a remarkable blend of fall colors throughout the three-acre site with its 550 varieties of plants, trees, and shrubs. Brands and colleague Lynden Miller have served […]


Late Autumn Bird & Tree Tour

Take a tour of historic Fort Tryon Park, now in its 86th year, to look for late fall aviary migrants with urban naturalist Ken Chaya. This nature tour will search for songbirds throughout the Heather Garden grounds and along the Hudson River. We will also observe the local flora of the garden! Meet at Fort […]


Winter Walk in Inwood Hill Park

Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust and naturalist, Mike Feller, for a winter walk and talk focusing on Inwood Hill Park’s seasonal treasures! Meet at Inwood Hill Park's 218th Street/Indian Road Entrance. Face masks are required. rsvp here


Urban Park Rangers: Fort Tryon Rocks!

New York City is the site of ancient earth-shaking and earth-shaping events. The bedrock that anchors the city’s skyscrapers tells a story of a place going back more than a billion years. The island of Manhattan is built on three strata known as Manhattan Schist, Inwood Marble, and Fordham Gneiss. Meet the Rangers at Fort […]


Winter Tree Online Workshop

RSVP HERE for a virtual tree tour of Fort Tryon Park with author, naturalist, and teacher, Leslie Day! You will receive the Zoom link details in a confirmation email.


Tour: Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted in the Heather Garden

Join Public Garden designer Ronda M. Brands for a tour of Fort Tryon Park's world-class Heather Garden, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted's sons in 1933 to be a key feature in this 67-acre Scenic Landmark park. Learn about the Olmsted vision for the garden, its decline following the City's fiscal crisis, the birth of the […]


Winter Interest Heather Garden Tour with Ronda M. Brands

Bundle up and join Public Garden Designer Ronda M. Brands for a winter walk through the 3-acre Heather Garden and learn about the plant selections made to ensure the garden would delight visitors even in the cold winter months. Learn about the multitude of conifers, seedpods, barks, and berries that add to the color, contrasts, and […]