Welcome to the Lotus Garden
The Lotus Garden is a community garden — and a community of gardeners — on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, 20 feet above West 97th Street. Located on the roof of a parking garage, this beautiful, 7,000 sq ft urban oasis is maintained by 28 gardeners and other volunteers.
We’re located behind the wrought iron gate east of the parking garage on the south side of West 97th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue.
We are open to the public every Sunday afternoon, from the second week in April through the second week of November, between 1 and 4pm, unless the weather is particularly inclement.
We invite you to visit and experience this special place. Come and relax, read the paper or enjoy the flowers and fish. If you decide to become a community member, you have the option of volunteering to help with the upkeep of the garden.
The garden is divided into 28 plots, each plot tended by a different gardener. Gardeners are chosen from community members in good standing who have volunteered on a regular basis in the garden.
Community members have access to the garden during daylight hours, 7 days a week, after opening day in April through mid-November. (The garden officially closes the second week of November through early April of the following year.) Membership for one year is $20 and $10 for seniors. To become a community member, click on the “Join, Renew or Donate” tab above.
Currently we are unable to welcome school, daycare, camp, gardening or city tour groups to visit the garden.
The Lotus Garden is not a venue for events that could just as well occur elsewhere and/or of a commercial nature, such as private parties, activity groups, classes, personal training, etc.
We are not wheelchair accessible. Access to the garden requires climbing a flight of stairs.
The Lotus Garden (Urban Woodlands Community Gardens, Inc.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation registered with Charities NYS (www.charitiesnys.com). Any donation to the Lotus Garden is tax deductible as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.