Heather Garden and Alpine Garden

The park is a fusion of natural and highly landscaped terrain. Nestled amidst wooded slopes and open lawns lie two horticultural destinations: the Heather Garden and the Alpine Garden. Each area showcases flowers and plants that are well adapted to the unique and varied terrain of Fort Tryon Park. The Heather and Alpine Gardens were part of the original Olmsted Brothers design.

The beautiful flowers in Fort Tryon Park enthrall and soothe visitors, locals, children, students, and naturalists of every stripe throughout the year. Our natural treasures include 46 American elms, many of which predate the park, and more than 550 varieties of plants, trees, and shrubs. It is repeatedly named as one of the best places to celebrate each season – especially spring and fall – by several NYC publications.

Take a tour of the Heather Garden in summer with Public Garden Designer Ronda M. Brands.

virtual tour of the heather garden

Learn about the pollinators of the Heather Garden and the plant diversity that supports them with naturalist and author Leslie Day.


Learn about the history of the Heather Garden with Public Garden Designer Ronda M. Brands.

85 Years of the heather garden: building on the olmsted brothers legacy

See what’s in bloom this season! Download the Fort Tryon Park Trust’s Bloom Guide.

Bloom Guide