May 21 - August 21, 2011

SPANISH PARADISE:
GARDENS OF THE ALHAMBRA

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory | Get Your Tickets

Travel to southern Spain in just an afternoon.

This unprecedented exhibition explores the collaboration of sublime nature and dramatic design that created an earthly paradise. Read the works of Federico García Lorca as you stroll the gardens surrounding the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, enjoy flamenco each weekend, and discover the food and culture of Spain. A complementary exhibition in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, Historical Views: Tourists at the Alhambra, features rare prints, historical photographs, watercolor drawings, and objects from the rich collections of the Hispanic Society of America, immersing visitors in the Alhambra's history and design.

The New York Times says Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra invokes "the mythic imagery of the place and its hold on the imagination."

Come experience it for yourself, buy tickets and plan your visit today!

The plants of the Mediterranean region flourish in strong sunlight and hot weather, and they are quite at home in the glasshouses of the Conservatory, especially during the warmer months. The intense summer light of New York, like that of Andalusia and the city of Granada, suits the plants in the exhibition, which are gorgeous, fragrant, and evocative of early European horticulture.

Medieval Spanish garden design is not often seen or easy to learn about in New York City, and related as it is to Roman villa, Persian, and Near Eastern garden design, this little-known subject is fascinating for everyone interested in Islamic culture or the history of gardens and landscape architecture. Medieval Spanish garden architects often endowed their gardens with a mirador, the Spanish word for window or a place from which to experience a view. We present this multifaceted exhibition as a kind of mirador--looking out to Medieval Spain, Islamic culture, and the Spanish landscape.

Plan Your Visit

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, Monday, May 30 and Monday, July 4
Members: Free
Adults: $20
Seniors/Students: $18
Children: $8
Children Under 2: Free
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Historical Views Library Exhibition

Rare prints, historical photographs, watercolor drawings, and objects from the rich collections of the Hispanic Society of America immerse visitors in the Alhambra's history and design.

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About the Exhibition

The exhibition features flowing fountains, elegant arches, and a broad palette of Mediterranean plants anchored by date palms, pomegranate trees, Italian cypress, and more--all within the Victorian elegance of the Conservatory.
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Lorca, Flamenco, Sangria, and More!

The spirit of al-Andalús fills the Garden's special programming this summer. Eat the food, drink the wine, and thrill to the sounds of Spanish guitar during weekend Flamenco performances, evening events, and much more.

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