This article was also written in part by Samantha Sokol


If you thought gardening was purely a white-fence suburban hobby, think again. These gardens scattered through Manhattan feature a diverse range of plants and flowers — one of them even has a pond! Check them out here.

1. Liz Christy Garden, Lower East Side

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Located on Houston Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, the Liz Christy Garden was founded in 1973 as the first community garden in New York City. The park has a winding gravel path that extends from Bowery to Second Avenue,  hidden alcoves, and a lake 2.5 feet deep. If gardening is your thing, you could volunteer for 20 hours to receive a key to the garden.