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At the northern end of Bronx Park, adjacent to the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden spreads its lush greenery across 250 sprawling acres. Founded in 1891 by botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton, the garden is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most outstanding horticultural and educational resources in the world. Its scope is immense, with dozens of separate gardens and plant collections (including daylilies, herbs, native plants, perennials, alpine plants, roses, annuals, magnolias, and tulips), and 40 acres of untouched woodland, the last of the forest that once covered all of New York.
The centerpiece of the Botanical Garden is the gorgeous Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a Victorian-style glass house that is home to "The World of Plants". A tour through the conservatory takes visitors through 11 different habitats, including several types of tropical rain forest, a cactus-filled desert, and an ever-changing landscape of flowers and foliage. There are also exhibits of aquatic and carnivorous plants. The conservatory also houses the Botanical Garden's seasonal events, such as the Orchid Show and the Holiday Train Show.