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Published April 25th 2011
New York City is constantly bursting with activity, so it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life. City dwellers revel in finding great spots to relax and get back in touch with nature (well, as much as one can in a booming metropolis). Hidden behind the Jefferson Market Library is one of the West Village's best kept secrets – the Jefferson Market Garden. The garden is open to the public everyday except Mondays from May through October.
This green oasis covers a third of an acre, which stretches the length of Greenwich Avenue between 10th Street and Village Square/6th Avenue. Let the brick paths lead you throughout the garden, and bask in the serene shade blanketing the space from the overhanging trees.
There is an abundance of blooming flowers and plants that will make you forget you are in the middle of one of the world's biggest cities. You can relax on one of the many benches located throughout the park to catch up on some reading, or reconnect with a friend.
Jefferson Market Garden is also an important part of the West Village/Greenwich Village neighborhood. It hosts numerous community events that appeal to all age groups. Those with a green thumb are welcome to descend upon the garden on Mondays to serve as volunteer gardeners. If you stop by the garden between the months of July and September, you are likely to hear the sounds of classical guitarist Eric Oxendiine, who performs weekly amongst the lush greenery. The garden is also a great place to spend time with the whole family.
There is an array of children's activities that take place within the garden gates. The Children's Festival of Flowers is free to the public and gives kids the chance to plant seeds in their own pots, which they can then take home and watch grow. Also, the Harvest Festival for Children on October 16 is a must-see event for local families. The garden is transformed into an autumnal paradise complete with pumpkins and crafts.