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Where to Find Flowers in Central Park in April

A pink tulip blooms at the Central Park Conservatory Garden in April.

A pink tulip blooms at the Central Park Conservatory Garden in April.

A Guide To Spring Flowers In Central Park

April is a month of rapid change in New York City. The month starts out brown, gray, cold and, sometimes, snow-dusted. It ends warm, rainy, green and lush. In between comes a succession of flowers, increasing in vibrancy as the month nears its end.

Of course, much of New York City is a landscape of concrete and brick, asphalt and underground tunnels. Natural changes can be easy to miss, no matter how dramatic. But not in Central Park. There, winter gives way to spring colorfully and obviously, with sprouts, shoots, buds and blooms. It's a beautiful place to come to watch the changing flowers of spring.

The park, a long rectangle of skyscraper-free land in the center of Manhattan, is a good place to find tulips, daffodils, magnolias and cherry trees in April.

Spring bulbs are the first to put on a show of color, closely followed by fragrant shrubs and dramatic flowering trees. The frenzy of flowers continues through the end of April, when early lilacs and azaleas start to appear. Then the pace of change slows, and the park starts to look and feel ready for summer.

As the mix of flowers in bloom shifts so much in April, different places in Central Park end up hitting their peak beauty at different times. A lilac bush won't look like much on April 1, for instance, but it might be a can't-miss-it sight on April 30. This guide to April flowers is an attempt to point the way to what's putting on the best show, where, and when.

Overview Of Central Park

About the Flower Maps

Below, I've included several maps highlighting various gardens and particular clusters of flowers within Central Park.

While there's pleasure in exploring the huge park just by wandering, sometimes, especially when the weather's still chancy and the days aren't yet long, it helps to know exactly where you're going to see get to the sights you planned to see. The maps below aren't a guide to traditional tourist spots in the park; instead, they're a detailed guide to its flowers. In some cases, I've tried to mark individual plants, or groups of plants, with approximate latitude and longitude coordinates.

The maps aren't perfectly precise, nor are they complete. I didn't mark any azaleas, for instance. And just because I've designated a spot as a good place for tulips, don't think that's the only place in Central Park to find those flowers.


What Blooms When In New York City (Approximately)

Early AprilMid-AprilLate April

Crocus and snowdrops finish

Magnolia blooms

Tulips finish

Scilla and chionodoxa finish

Flowering cherries start

Azaleas start

Daffodils bloom

Tulips bloom

Lilacs start

Forsythia starts

Daffodils finish

Dogwood blooms

Winter honeysuckle blooms

Crabapples start

Rhododendron starts

Hellebores bloom

Forsythia blooms

Magnolia finishes

Magnolia starts

Hyacinth blooms

Wisteria starts

Winterhazel blooms

Snowflakes bloom

Cherries bloom


Finally, it's worth noting a huge variable involved in trying to talk about flowering times as if they were fixed in stone. That's the weather. It varies from year to year, and, with it, so do bloom times. What happens in April some years may wait until May in others. And anything from a big windstorm, to a late snow flurry or an early heat wave could alter the duration and quality of a particular flower's display.

Even within the confines of Central Park, there is variation in bloom times. Flowers in warm, sunny areas may start their show earlier than similar flowers that have been kept cool and shaded.

A magnolia tree blooms in Central Park.

A magnolia tree blooms in Central Park.

What Blooms In Early April In Central Park

The flowers of early April tend to come in a limited palette, heavy on whites and the complementary colors of yellow and purple. Those are the colors of one of the earliest spring flowers, the crocus.

The crocuses linger through the first few days in April, as do white snowdrops, purple iris reticulata and yellow witch hazel. The pale, nodding hellebores last a little longer, and yellow and white daffodils join them. Flowers like these can be found scattered throughout Central park, adding interest to bare patches around tree roots.

Because the world still seems so dead, even the smallest, palest flowers of early April seem bright and full of life.

Early-April Flowers: Fragrant Winter Honeysuckle

Winter honeysuckle perfumes Central Park in early April.

Winter honeysuckle perfumes Central Park in early April.

A Sweet-Smelling Shrub

Fragrant winter honeysuckle in bloom.

Fragrant winter honeysuckle in bloom.

Lonicera Fragrantissima

If early spring flowers aren't all fiery eye candy, some of them make up for that by appealing to other senses. Some literally smell like candy.

Now, New York City is not known for its sweet smells. Just ask anyone who has ever ridden the subway, taken a taxi or walked down a crowded sidewalk on trash day. Even the city's parks can be full odors only a rat or a raccoon could love.

But for few weeks in early April, when a particularly plain-looking shrub is in bloom, clouds of sweetness mix with the rain and blow about in the wind. The scent carries like a cloud down the walking paths of Central Park. It's stronger than hyacinths; stronger than magnolias. It's impossible not wonder what kind of plant is trying so valiantly to take on the task of perfuming the city.

The shrub is Lonicera Fragrantissima (fragrant winter honeysuckle). In early April, the tall shrub still looks, from a distance, like a typical winter tangle of bare branches. But those branches are dotted with dime-sized, drooping flowers — the source of the sweet, strong smell. Up close, the scent is so sugary and overpowering that the only true comparison would be to Fruit Loops. Step back a little bit, though, and the smell is wonderful. It's a little like winter daphne, just magnified.

The flowers of the winter honeysuckle start out as soft pink buds in late March. They open as pinky-white flowers, then fade to pale yellow by mid-April. By then, the plant has new leaves and its glory dwindles.

This fragrant flower is no recent addition to Central Park. In the 1903 book, Trees and Shrubs of Central Park, author Louis Harman Peet noted the presence of Lonicera fragrantissima in the park several times. He rhapsodized this way about a particular specimen near the Arsenal: "When all the ways are bare, this brave bush sends out upon the keen breaths of March or April breezes the ineffable sweetness of its fragrant flowers. Their perfume comes upon you with a thrill in all this air of chill and deadened life, and the joy of the coming bloom wakes in you."

That is still so true.

Where To Find Winter Honeysuckle In Central Park

Early-April Flowers: Spring Bulbs

Early spring bulbs in the Shakespeare Garden: tulips and chionodoxa.

Early spring bulbs in the Shakespeare Garden: tulips and chionodoxa.

The Shakespeare Garden in Central Park.

The Shakespeare Garden in Central Park.

Fritillaria and Chionodoxa

The best place the find early spring flowers in bloom in Central Park is the Shakespeare Garden.

The Shakespeare Garden is set on a hill right next to Belvedere Castle. Winding, stair-stepped paths in the garden go past beds of scilla, chionodoxa, narcissus and fritillaria. These are all small bulbs that bloom in early spring. They're subtle and beautiful.

Why seek out the Shakespeare Garden? Daffodils and little blue bulbs can be found elsewhere in the the park by the first week of April. But in this garden, the flowers aren't just scattered dots. There are already concentrated swaths of color.

By the second week in April, tiny, blue grape hyacinth are in bloom, and so are early tulips. Amid the flowers, plaques display flower-related quotes from Shakespeare's works. A group of large, red tulips comes into bloom near these words from King John: "Of Nature's gifts thou may'st with lilies boast, And with the half-blown rose."

Where To Find Early Spring Bulbs: The Shakespeare Garden

Bright yellow forsythia drapes over the roadside walls of Central Park's transverses.

Bright yellow forsythia drapes over the roadside walls of Central Park's transverses.

What Blooms In Mid-April In Central Park

Mid-April is when the center of blooming moves off the ground and into the sky. Buds on trees and bushes unfurl into thousands of pink, white and yellow blossoms.

Forsythia screams the loudest: it's as if these bushes were spray painted taxi-cab yellow. They become solid walls of color.

Magnolia trees unleash huge, mostly white flowers, and many of them are quite fragrant. Different trees bloom at different times throughout April, but they seem to peak mid-month.

Then, of course, there are flowering cherries. And back on the ground, tulips burst into bloom, joining primroses, hyacinth and the last of the daffodils.

Mid-April Flowers: Blossoming Trees

A pink blossom in Central Park.

A pink blossom in Central Park.

The reservoir loop, still pre-bloom in early April.

The reservoir loop, still pre-bloom in early April.

Cherry Blossoms

The narrow running path around Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is known for its views. Most of the year, the drama is in how the Manhattan skyline and Central Park trees mingle with the changing clouds above to form reflections in the water.

But in mid- to late-April, there's another sight that's impossible to miss: the rings of flowering cherry trees (Prunus) around the reservoir. Some of the cherry blossoms are pink; others white. The petals fly on the breeze and look like satin confetti when they fall to the ground.

Join the runners on the 1.58 mile loop path (just be sure to go counterclockwise) for a continuous view of the trees and the reservoir. And don't look at your feet; look up at the trees.

Another option is to try walking the slightly longer path just below the running loop. You won't see the water from this lower-elevation path, but you'll be surrounded by pink and white blossoms.

The map below marks the south entrance to the upper running loop.

Where To Find Cherry Blossoms: The Reservoir Loop

Pink magnolia buds in Central Park.

Pink magnolia buds in Central Park.

Other Flowering Trees

Cherries may be the most famous of the flowering trees, but they aren't the only kind of tree to create curtains of pink and white blossoms in the spring. Other flowering trees in Central Park include:

  • Eastern redbuds
  • Magnolias
  • Flowering dogwoods
  • Crabapples (they're planted in spectacular rows at the Conservatory Garden)
  • Cornelian cherries (these are yellow and bloom early)
  • Flowering quince
  • Flowering pear

Many large bushes and shrubs also flower in April, blending in with the flowering trees. I've already mentioned winter honeysuckle and forsythia. Other flowering shrubs include viburnum and shadbush.

A red tulip in the Conservatory Garden.

A red tulip in the Conservatory Garden.

Mid-April Flowers: Tulips

Tulips (Tulipa) add more saturated color to the landscape than any other flower in Central Park in the middle of April. While a few early varieties bloom at the start of the month, the groomed tulip beds in the Conservatory Garden come to life mid-month.

Tulips come in nearly every color, and they look particularly pretty just after a rainstorm, as water droplets linger on their smooth petals. Examine them closely, and you'll notice that many tulips have a faint, fresh scent. It's a smell like a mix of salad greens and honey, and it's very springlike.

Huge tulips beds can be found at the Conservatory Garden, a formal garden near the northeast corner of Central Park.

Away from public gardens with gates that lock overnight, it's harder to find patches of tulips growing in New York City. They're a fairly common target of flower thieves.

Tulip mania did not end in the 1600s, apparently.

Where To Find Tulips In Central Park: Conservatory Garden

What Blooms In Late-April In Central Park

If the last week of April had an official color, it would be bright green. Vegetation is suddenly everywhere, and it's exuberantly green, fighting with flowers for attention. It's the kind of green that barely stops short of being neon, the kind of green caused by sunlight shining through leaves that are still young and thin enough not to block it. This color is everywhere, and by summer, subdued into the deep-green of shade trees and well-used lawns, it will dominate the landscape.

Yet the flowers of late April can match this onslaught of green with their own vibrancy. Tulips still fill some flower beds with their rainbow hues. Azaleas and dogwood trees come into flower, and some years, the end of April brings lilacs.

White lilac in Central Park.

White lilac in Central Park.

Late-April Flowers: Lilacs

If only lilacs (Syringa) lasted longer when they bloom!

For a week or two each year, flowering lilac bushes become completely covered in flowers and drowned in a heavy, summery scent. Bees flock to the flowers, which come in shades of white, lavender and pink. (Some of the lilac flowers in Central Park even come in striking mixes of white and purple.)

Then, too soon, the blooms fade to a mushy brown color, and the plants start to look like any other green bush.

Lilacs might be considered more of a May flower, but some years, they peak at very end of April You'll find them clustered in an area north of Sheep Meadow. It's called the Lilac Walk.

Where To Find Lilacs In Central Park

Test Your Knowledge Of Spring Flowers

Try naming these five spring flowers. Take the quiz below.

Try naming these five spring flowers. Take the quiz below.

Spring Flower Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What's the name of the first white flower (far left)?
    • Iris
    • Snowdrop
    • Snowflake
  2. What's the name of the pink flower (center left)?
    • Tulip
    • Azalea
    • Redbud
  3. What's the name of the yellow flower (center)?
    • Forsythia
    • Cornelian cherry
    • Winter jasmine
  4. What's the name of the purple flower (center right)?
    • Grape hyacinth
    • Glory-of-the-snow
    • Crocus
  5. What's the name of the second white flower (far right)?
    • Magnolia
    • Dogwood
    • Winter daphne

Answer Key

  1. Snowflake
  2. Tulip
  3. Forsythia
  4. Crocus
  5. Magnolia

How the Quiz Works

Take this quiz to test your ability to identify common spring flowers in New York City.

Look closely at the flowers pictured above. (If you need a larger view, click on the photo strip to expand it to its full size.)

When you're ready, enter your answers into the quiz widget to the right of these words. You'll be asked to identify each flower in order, from left to right.

There are no prizes to be won, sorry. But please have fun!


Comments

Judy O on May 05, 2015:

where are the red/fuschia flowering bushes that used to overhang the NYC transverses along with the azaleas? I saw them every year since I was a little girl, but this year they seem to have disappeared. What happened to them?

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on June 24, 2012:

Wow this is one of the most awesome hubs I've seen - much detail and effort went into this. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and across the board.

hi friend from India on April 19, 2012:

nice and interesting hub

2uesday on January 04, 2012:

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Maya-The Mystery from Canada on November 09, 2011:

absolutely fabulous hub.. !!

Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on September 13, 2011:

This is a wonderful Hub. So very informative and interesting. An excellent example of thoroughness. Thank you for this.

Brianna W from East Coast on August 16, 2011:

Beautiful hub! Tons of information, facts, and awesome pictures. I loved how you mapped out to show us just where to find these flowers. Congrats on the Hub of the Day!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on August 16, 2011:

Congratulation! Great and very informative hub. I have never been in Central Park or America so I find it very well done. Photos are lovely as well. Voted up and thanks for sharing.

cooperfsu from Valencia, Spain on August 16, 2011:

I wished I lived in New York so that I could check these out! Loved the hub, great job.

jean2011 from Canada on August 16, 2011:

Well done! Absolutely beautiful.

rangpur from BANGLADESH on August 16, 2011:

I see your photos, very nice pic I am enjoy all.

Good keep it up.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on August 16, 2011:

Congratulations on your Hub of the Day award. This comprehensive, beautifully illustrated and written hub is very deserving of an accolade.

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law live near Central Park and it is indeed spectacular in springtime.

Rating this hub up across the board except for funny.

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on August 16, 2011:

Congratulations on being the hub of the day! Wow, who knew that New York City had such a lush amount of beautiful flowers?! This is a fabulous guide to seeing the most of Central Park. The pictures you posted are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Voted up and beautiful.

happypuppy on August 16, 2011:

Great hub! Beautiful flowers. Spring is my favorite season. It's also a pleasure to watch trees/flowers bud during spring time. I never knew there are so many types of flowers in Central Park. I'll make sure to visit the park in April :) Thanks for sharing your collection and congratulations on your win!

Carolina from Switzerland on August 16, 2011:

Flowers are my passion. Well done. Thanks for sharing and congratulations.

RTalloni on August 16, 2011:

What a great guide! Congrats on Hub of the Day!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on May 16, 2011:

Congratulations on your win and well deserved, beautiful spring flowers and great photography!

Mike and Dorothy McKenney from United States on May 14, 2011:

Your hub was truly great and I congratulate you. I, too, am a photographer but have been lazy about taking my own photographs. The fact that you took your own and put so much into this hub was truly inspirational. Thanks for a superb job. I've voted you up and will be following you.

Cathy I from New York on May 14, 2011:

Congratulations on your win. I love walking in the Park and taking photos of every season, but it's usually on the 59th Street side, so I guess I've been missing a whole lot of beautiful sights. Thanks for the lovely photos. I'm beginning to think, I should just keep amy point and shoot Canon Camera and learn to master it in different ways.

Great work.

lambservant on May 13, 2011:

Incredible Hub. Thank you so much.

Norma Budden from Nunavut, Canada on May 12, 2011:

This is a beautiful hub, indeed. It has inspired me to spend more time on each hub in hopes of turning out a masterpiece.

Ingenira on May 12, 2011:

Excellent write-up, and congratulations !

MobyWho from Burlington VT on May 12, 2011:

All comments well deserved, and rebekahELLE said it well - you have set a new standard for Hubpages writing! Bravo!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 09, 2011:

Congratulations on being the Grand Prize Winner. And no wonder - a truly magnificent evergreen hub on one of the greatest parks in the world.

ParadiseForever from Chennai, India. on May 09, 2011:

Answered the quiz; Attended the poll; Gone through the Parks by the help of Google Maps here; What a wonderful hub? Bookmarked for using in future when I visit NY. This hub really deserves big big big win. Congrats.

Ipeoney from USA on May 08, 2011:

wow very nice Hub. You don't expect many beautiful flowers bloom in a place where city skycrapers are built like New York. There you just showed us the other side of New York, Thanks for sharing, would love to see Central Park one day.

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on May 08, 2011:

A real feast for the eyes. Beautiful pics of flowers. These flowers do not grow in my city, and so I loved looking at them in this hub. Thanks a ton. And congrats on a very well deserved win.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 08, 2011:

Congratulations on writing this fantastic hub. It is arranged so beautifully with all the flowers and maps that your award is certainly well deserved.

Greg Boudonck from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on May 08, 2011:

An EXCELLENT hub and well worthy of being a grand prize winner.

Congratulations!

I have never been to central park, New york city or even New York state, but maybe someday.

mahadevank from Bangalore on May 07, 2011:

Congratulations! Can't wait to visit Central Park now!

Sun Pen 50 from Srilanka on May 07, 2011:

WoW! Congratulations. up/beautiful Give us more of your great hubs.

Sranunta Lamduan from Bangkok, Thailand on May 07, 2011:

Love those flowers, vote up!!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 06, 2011:

First off congratulations on your win!! What a beautiful hub with great pictures to go along with all the great info. Very Nice!

miss_jkim on May 06, 2011:

Great Hub, Great job, and great win! You diserve it with this very well written hub.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on May 06, 2011:

Thumbs up and congrats on this beautiful and informative hub. You deserve the grand prize. Celebrate and thanks for giving me a variety of flowers to admire.

Marissa from United States on May 06, 2011:

Well done! Congratulations on your grand prize award!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 05, 2011:

This is a beautiful, very detailed and very useful hub. I'd love to visit New York City and Central Park some day. Congratulations on your Grand Prize win!

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on May 05, 2011:

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! You've set the standard very high for writers here at HP. Congratulations on your well-deserved grand prize win!

Nell Rose from England on May 05, 2011:

Hi, this was amazing and great information for all flower lovers! Congratulations on your win, well deserved! cheers nell

Katharella from Lost in America on May 05, 2011:

Congratulations! You certainly deserved it! :) Not only a great hub, and beautiful flowers, I REALLY could see my friends apartment roof! Now I know where she was pointing too! That was kinda neat in itself! I really love flower photos, and some photography sites say "we have enough flowers" and I just thought, IS THAT POSSIBLE? Can we really ever have enough flowers? I know I can't! :) I love them, and photographing them myself! Also unique trees! Very beautiful, again Congrats! :)

Angie G from HubPages America - Southern California on May 05, 2011:

Congratulations on the Grand Prize! Well deserved. It's obvious that a lot of hard work and attention to detail went into the making of this hub. The photos are amazing. Kudos to you.

futurenetads from india on May 05, 2011:

Very Beautiful hub.

Congratulations for winning the Prize

Annette Smith from Ocala, Florida on May 05, 2011:

Beautiful hub. You did a great job. Congratulations on winning the Grand Prize!

Simon Cook from NJ, USA on May 05, 2011:

Congrats on the Grand Prize - truly exceptional hub!

Angelique Newman from Canada on May 04, 2011:

Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Great and informative hub--well put together. Congratulations on winning :)

Mohan Kumar from UK on April 29, 2011:

Spectacularly done- beautifully illustrated, well written, topical and well designed- congrats!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on April 25, 2011:

Really love this hub! Spring flowers are my favorite, and although we live on the West Coast, I enjoy reading about (and seeing photos) of flowers blooming across the U.S.

Congrats on a well-deserved win!

Eiddwen from Wales on April 23, 2011:

Hi I loved this one.

I am so interested in anything to do with Nature etc.

This one is well presented and easy to follow, with beautiful pictures to give it that finishing touch.

So much beauty is free to us and on our own doorsteps a lot of the time.

I now look forward to reading much more of your work.

Thank you for sharing this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.

anglnwu on April 22, 2011:

Love the hub. Congrats on the win--well-deserved.

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on April 21, 2011:

Thanks for a beautiful hub about a wonderful park. It's been all too long since I've been to Central Park. It's going right at the top of my to do list! You did a lovely job of taking the pictures!

gogogo on April 20, 2011:

I enjoyed the photos of the flowers, great article, so much information. congratulation

Prayer Power from Long Island, New York on April 20, 2011:

Wow! New York City is so beautiful during the spring season. I love NY.

KidsPartyFavors on April 18, 2011:

It's my passion to take photos of flowers! Definitely perfect!

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on April 17, 2011:

Goodness, what a comprehensive article. Would love to visit and see for myself.

E. A. Wright (author) from New York City on April 16, 2011:

@ DzyMsLizzy: Nope, haven't tried geocaching yet...

gramarye from Adelaide - Australia on April 16, 2011:

Great hub - I could almost smell those flowers. Sorry to bring the average down on your quiz!

Charlu from Florida on April 16, 2011:

Incredible hub Congratulations on your win Although I've been to NY and NYC numerous times I have never taken the time to "stop and smell the flowers" in Central Park. Now I see what I was missing and won't let it happen again. Thanks again

Native Gardener from Topanga Canyon, California on April 15, 2011:

Enjoyed your hub very much. Central Park was such an inspired vision by its founders, created so that cement-weary folks could find happiness in the little jewels that nature offers up, esp in the Spring. Thanks for sharing.

Marie McKeown from Ireland on April 15, 2011:

Beuatiful. Congratulations on your win.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 14, 2011:

Awesome job! What a brilliant idea to use GPS coordinates for items lacking a street address. Are you by chance into geocaching? Is that where you came up with that idea? I'm just learning geocaching, and still I would not have thought of that in terms of an article on flowers! Kudos on your prize pick as well!

daffodil2010 on April 14, 2011:

really nice hub. congrats on winning.

E. A. Wright (author) from New York City on April 14, 2011:

@ Blissful: SLR? Macro lenses? I wish! I took the photos on a 4-year-old, point-and-shoot Canon.

E. A. Wright (author) from New York City on April 14, 2011:

@ WannaB: Can't say I'm too fond of cities, myself. Life just takes you places sometimes, you know? Oddly, perhaps, flowers were never an obsession until I moved here and had to intentionally seek them out. Back when I was surrounded by flowers year-round, I might have failed my own flower identification quiz.

BlissfulWriter on April 14, 2011:

Those are amazing photographs. Did you use a macro lens to take those? What camera? An SLR?

E. A. Wright (author) from New York City on April 14, 2011:

@ Viryabo: I'm glad if I've inspired you to visit New York again. I don't always love the city, but parts of it are amazing, including Central Park.

@ Simone: Thanks for your comments, and wow! A staff pick? Really? There have been lots of other fascinating hubs recently. Many thanks for the pick.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on April 14, 2011:

Congratulations on a well-deserved win. You have made me put this park on my list of places I'd like to visit -- even though I'm not fond of cities. Voted up and beautiful.

viryabo on April 14, 2011:

Awesome and well written hub E. A Wright. It's so impressive.

When i visited New York (only once), i never visited the Central Park. It was at the end of one March, many years ago, and i was there till the first week of April.

Your well laid out plan inspires me to want to visit and see the wonderful array of flowers, and of course i now have maps to follow.

Great hub, and congratulations for a well deserved prize.

Cheers

E. A. Wright (author) from New York City on April 14, 2011:

@ Peggy W: I'm so glad you found this beautiful. I've enjoyed many of your words on flowers, too.

@ Gordon: Your perception of Central Park is exactly right in the summer. It's very green; very monochrome. The season of flowers is really short, and it's easy to miss. It doesn't help that the weather is often still bad in April. When I took some of these photos, it was cold and rainy, and the park was nearly empty.

@ Ruby, K9 and Stephanie: Thanks so much!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2011:

Congratulations on your win. Well deserved!

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on April 14, 2011:

Great pictures of all the flowers in NYC. Thanks for the great maps of Central Park.

Congratulations on being the winner of Writing Contest!

India Arnold from Northern, California on April 14, 2011:

This bring back so many great memories for me about my home sweet home NY. Beautiful job with images and the information. No doubt this the staff pick winner E.A.! A well deserved congratulations!

K9

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on April 14, 2011:

I have never been to New York, never mind Central Park, but I thought of Central Park as being simply a grassy, recreational area. I never for a moment imagined there were parts like this and your Hub is both excellent and enlightening. Congratulations.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 14, 2011:

By the by, E. A. Wright, congrats on winning Day 14's Staff Pick prize in the So You Think You Can Write Online contest!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2011:

What a gorgeous hub filled with your wonderful photos and ideas of where to locate these flowers in April. Thanks! Up and beautiful!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 14, 2011:

I'm absolutely blown away by this Hub! How beautiful it is! I've been to NYC many times, but never in the spring- now I really feel as though I missed out on the best time! Central Park must be beautiful then- or rather, IS beautiful then! I want to walk to each and every spot you've outlined. Awesome Hub, love the helpful maps, love the beautiful photos, and the helpful table, and the quiz and poll at the end, too! Voted up!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 14, 2011:

I never knew that you could find so many flowers in NYC! This is a very beautiful hub, and I enjoyed it a lot. Now I wish I could visit Central Park in April!

E. A. Wright (author) from New York City on April 14, 2011:

Thanks, Husky.

Husky1970 on April 14, 2011:

What a fabulous hub. I loved the chronological order of flowers in April and all of the detail provided. Great job!