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City gardens like you've never seen them
"Monet's Garden" is on display at the New York Botanical Garden through October 21.

This summer, the delights of city gardening well exceed the parsley growing on your balcony. To see what we mean, just grab your MetroCard--and leave your green thumb at home.

At the New York Botanical Garden, witness the transformation of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a spitting image of Claude Monet’s Giverny gardens. After taking in the hydrangeas, violets and irises, check out the Rondina Gallery, which is temporary home to two American debuts by the famed impressionist.

Find more futuristic fauna at Met's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, which is now towering with artist Tomás Saraceno’s interactive “Cloud City” installation. Saunter through piles of reflective modules (sunglasses suggested) for a Manhattan view like none other.

Make a day of Prospect Park picnicking, and visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s new and completely sustainable visitor center. Particularly impressive is the living roof, upon which 40,000 grasses, spring bulbs and perennial wildflowers bloom.

Hungry? Head to Kips Bay and reserve Riverpark’s new private farm table, where you’ll dine on hyper-local eats (grilled squash, heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella) while surrounded by more than 100 varieties of greens, herbs and veggies at the restaurant’s adjacent urban farm.

Being one with nature never felt so cosmopolitan.

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