Our Natural Areas
Governors Island’s natural areas are carefully designed and maintained with a focus on climate-resilient plants native to New York City’s eco-region that provide maximum benefits to Island visitors and inhabitants – human and otherwise – in all seasons. Our team integrates experimental environmental solutions into everyday landscape care so our natural areas can benefit their local ecosystem while providing uninterrupted opportunities for people looking to reconnect with nature in a safe, accessible way. Through these ecological horticulture practices, we have transformed neglected areas on Governors Island into robust native habitats, creating a resilient, immersive, thriving open space for local wildlife and New Yorkers alike.
Ornamental Flower Gardens
Liggett Terrace, Nolan Park
Intentionally planted areas in the Island’s historic district.
Naturalistic & Immersive Landscapes
Hammock Grove, The Hills
A model in sustainable, built urban natural areas.
Turf & Lawns
Parade Ground, Play Lawns
Accessible outdoor space for recreation and community.