The Floating Garden in New York City Is Officially Back for Spring

Central Park is great and all, but this floating park might take the cake

Swale was founded by Mary Mattingly, an artist who won a grant from the art foundation A Blade of Grass.

In 2016, New York City welcomed Swale, a “public floating food forest,” to add some plant life to the concrete jungle. During the park’s first year open, over 60,000 guests had a chance to visit, and now, the park is back for round two.

According to the Swale website, the park, which is built on a barge that was formerly used to transport sand from construction sites, travels between piers in New York City. Through the park, visitors have access fresh produce, with the option to harvest herbs, fruits, and vegetables for free.

Not only does the park provide a green landscape atop New York waters, it also hosts educational programming to enlighten visitors about sustainable living. Visitors can attend events including the edible and medicinal plant tour on June 4 and a weaving and rope making with plants workshop on June 17.


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