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Enter to find a sun-drenched lawn stretching to the river’s edge and to the south, the Entry Garden, a color filled oasis next to happy, busy Chelsea Piers.


The Chelsea Entry Garden with purple flower sand red bushes with many green trees

Whether crossing the bikeway at W 22nd St, heading north from Chelsea Piers or south along the esplanade, visitors will come upon one of Hudson River Park’s jewels. Simply called the Entry Garden, this flowing group of raised planting beds designed by renowned garden designer, Lynden Miller, delights visitors with a mix of formality, frivolity and hidden nooks.

Red bud trees with pink flowers

In Spring, look for tiny pink flowers on the purple leaf plum trees, clouds of white flowering spirea and vibrant magenta flowers on the redbud trees.

In Summer, the Entry Garden is in its prime with cheery, cherry red roses blooming alongside varying shades of blue flowers including bluestar, catmint, salvia and brunnera. Giant panicles of creamy white oak leaf hydrangeas, sunny yellow day lilies and frothy flowered crapemyrtles, compliment the dark leaved coral bells and plum trees.

In Autumn, the bluestar turns a bright yellow and ornamental grasses send up their plumes of seed heads while the surrounding river birch, black tupelo and Locust trees display their fall colors.

Blue umbrellas shade Park visitors at the tables in the Chelsea Entry GardenWithin the garden, tables with shade-giving umbrellas in bold colors offer respite from the sun and a place to rest, eat lunch or take in the vista of the Hudson River across nearly two acres of the lush, green Lawn Bowl. As the largest contiguous green space in the Park, the Pier 63 Lawn Bowl is perfect for a picnic, sunbath or just a place to unwind.

For a listing of blooms in the Park, view our Bloom Guide.