ENID A. HAUPT CONSERVATORY NEW YORK

This group of Victorian greenhouses, patterned after the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England, is the centerpiece of the Botanical Garden established here in the early 1890s and landscaped by Calvert Vaux and Calvert Parsons, Jr. The Parsons family were pioneer horticulturalists who imported many trees and plants from abroad that we consider native today, including the most common plant in the city, the ailanthus tree, which they brought from Asia as an ornamental plant, never dreaming it would thrive in any nook and cranny, and thus dominate entire urban neighborhoods. The ailanthus inspired the theme of the novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but it grows like a weed in every borough.

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