Horticulture is integral to Snug Harbor’s history. Staten Island’s botanical gardens have been constantly evolving since they were founded in 1977 and incorporated with Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 2008.

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, our gardens are a popular attraction for all visitors.  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 gardens which represent specific periods and places, which coexist alongside more contemporary interpretations. Visitors enjoy the gardens in all seasons for their unique qualities, as well as for educational tools, recreation, and as backdrops for public programs.