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 neighbors, children, students, and naturalists – visitors of every stripe – throughout the year. Our natural treasures include 48 American elm trees, 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.

See what’s in bloom in the Heather Garden and its nearby surrounding area.

monthly bloom lists

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