Horticulture has been an integral part of Snug Harbor’s history. Since it was founded in 1977, the Botanical Garden has been constantly evolving. From its initial English Perennial Border planting to the addition of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden in 1999 and the Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden completed in 2011, this assimilation of gardens is a must see for all visitors.
Nestled within the grounds of Snug Harbor are a number of beautiful gardens all serving different purposes for the community. The Botanical Garden consists of displays that represent the variety of flora that can be manipulated to conform to what is desired, whether it be aesthetic or functional. Throughout history, gardens have reflected landscape styles of various periods and the ways in which people view their relationship to nature. Remaining true to this purpose, the Botanical Garden includes a number of gardens which consists of representations from specific periods and places that coexist alongside more contemporary interpretations. The gardens are enjoyed for their individual qualities, used as educational tools, for recreational activities such as walking, jogging or picnics and as backdrops for public programs.