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Happy 165th birthday, Central Park! 🎂 Comment with your favorite Park memories from over the years — or simply leave a #HBDCentralPark message.

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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” — Aristotle 📷: @samiamsharp

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Morning views. ⛲️☀️ 📷: @heart_and_belly

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In this week's #PeepThatPlant, we're featuring the flower wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). 🍃 From far away, wild bergamot resembles a lilac pom-pom. Once you get closer, you'll see that these “pom-poms” are made up of many small tubular flowers. Wild bergamot also goes by the name “bee balm” because it is very popular with pollinators, especially bumblebees (one of which you can see sipping from one of the flowers in the background). 🐝 The reason behind the name “wild bergamot” is the similarity in the smell the plant has to the bergamot orange, which is used to flavor Earl Grey tea. 📝📷: Senior Zone Gardener Mimi Gunderson

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A peaceful moment at the Lake. 🌤 📷: @roseallegra

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Friends. 🦆🐢 📷: @mitzgami2nyc

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A beautiful afternoon at Shakespeare Garden. 🍃🌺🌼

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Nighttime at Turtle Pond. 🌤🐢 📷: @pemmy2001

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If you love butterflies, you may be familiar with milkweeds. 🦋 This week on #PeepThatPlant, we’re featuring common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), one of several milkweed species in Central Park. 🍃 Common milkweed is easy to spot most seasons, but right now it has clustered pink to lavender sweet-smelling flowers. Milkweeds have a special relationship with the monarch butterfly — it is the only plant they lay their eggs on, and the only food source for monarch caterpillars. 🐛 Milkweeds contain organic compounds that are absorbed by the caterpillars as they munch on the plant’s leaves, and these compounds make them and adult butterflies toxic to birds and other predators. Common milkweed grows all over Central Park, but if you see one, make sure not to disturb it — we’re entering monarch season and there might be eggs on some of the leaves! The eggs are white and hard to see, but very easy to damage. Milkweeds attract many other pollinators as well. If you sit back and watch the plant, you may get to see many different types of butterflies and bees. 🐝 📝📷: Senior Zone Gardener Mimi Gunderson

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Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

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Evening views. 😍 📷: @tati512nyc

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If you’ve been in Central Park recently and noticed a sweet scent wafting through the air, there’s a good chance you’re near a flowering linden tree! 🌼 In this week’s #PeepThatPlant, we’re featuring the European linden (Tilia x europaea) — a common street tree throughout New York City and Central Park. They’re often overlooked as “just another tree” — until early summer, when the linden flowers bloom and their sweet, honeyed perfume fills the air. You can find this tree near the East 72nd Street Playground and just north of the Central Park Zoo. 🍃

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