New York City’s famed Mercer Botanic Gardens is on the short list of the world’s top 100 botanical garden destinations, and it is now in the running for the title of ‘Best Garden’ by the Lonely Planet.
In an exclusive poll for the travel website, Lonely Planet’s experts said that Mercer was “a gem that can be easily identified as a botanical wonderland” and a “truly remarkable landscape”.
“A place of beauty and wonder, Mercer is truly a botanic wonderland,” said a spokesperson for the company.
“From the stunning foliage and flowers to the richly patterned stone walls and towering trees, it is a stunning place to enjoy the best of the best.”
“The diverse landscape and stunning views of New York, across Manhattan, the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond, is a truly breathtaking experience for any traveller,” they added.
“The botanical collection is among the best in the US, with many plants and flowers that have never been photographed before.”
The list of 10 finalists includes several iconic New York landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Grand Central Terminal and the Bronx Zoo.
“For the third year in a row, we are delighted to receive the title ‘Best of the Best’, and we look forward to presenting the finalists in a new series next year,” the spokesperson said.
“We have long admired the beauty of the landscape and know it is an important part of the cityscape.”
The city of New Yorkers has long been a popular choice for international visitors, with the city hosting more than 500 international visitors last year, according to Lonely Planet data.
Last year alone, the city of London was also named ‘best city in the UK’ by Lonely Planet, and in 2017 it was also ranked as the ‘Best Place to Visit in the World’.
Last year, the park was named ‘World’s Most Beautiful’ by a US travel website.
Last month, the New York Botanical Garden won a US$100 million contract to open a new exhibition hall in 2018.
“Our vision is to create a world-class museum that celebrates and preserves the world of nature and art and to create new and exciting experiences for visitors to experience,” the Mercer Gardens spokesperson said in a statement.
“A new public art installation will begin to open in 2018, with our first permanent exhibitions in 2019 and 2020.”
This will be the first time in Mercer’s history that a New York museum is opening in 2018.
“Last month the Merger’s official website said that the company had been awarded a $1.6 billion contract to build a new visitor attraction.
In 2016, the Mergers parent company, Merced Companies, said that it had signed a $5.5 billion agreement to buy the iconic Mercer plant in a deal valued at $3.6bn.”
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It said that “the new attraction is designed to showcase our heritage of excellence, to inspire and inform the public and to celebrate the many ways in which Merced has been an icon for New Orleans.”
The company’s website said: “This is an historic moment for the Merced Gardens and a moment of celebration for New Orleanians and all of the wonderful people who have built and loved this beautiful place over the years.”
As a part of our mission to celebrate our history, we will be transforming the Garden’s entrance, entrance hall, and its centerpiece, the famous Mercer Tree, into an art installation in 2018 and 2019.”
At this time, we have no plans to expand the garden into an indoor museum.
“Mercer Gardens was founded in 1867, in New Orleans.
It was the first New Orleans public garden in the country.
The gardens have a population of almost 30,000, with a number of plants including: the giant Mercressia (above), the native Mercuny-Pecan, and the exotic Red Lark, all named for the city’s native flora.
The city has a long and illustrious history as a hub for European art and architecture.
The famous Louvre, a French royal palace, and other French and English-style buildings were constructed here in the 17th century.
In 1816, the French colonial government purchased the land, and eventually renamed it “Mercer”, after the French explorer Pierre Merci.
The first major renovation took place in 1904, when the Garden was redecorated to include new landscaping and the creation of a new public park.