The Italian Style Formal Garden. Conservatory Garden. Central Park. This
is the center of the three gardens which make up the Conservatory
Garden and it is entered through the Vanderbuilt Gate. It’s composed of a
large lawn surrounded by yew hedges and bordered by two spring-blooming
pink and white crab apple trees. At the opposite end of the lawn is a 12
foot high jet fountain (unfortunately turned off during my visit).
Tiered hedges lead up to the wisteria pergola. The walkway under the
pergola has 13 medallions inscribed with the names of the original 13
states, (hmmm…not very Italian). Very formal.