The Millefleurs - Thousand Flower Garden at Met Cloisters

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Met Cloisters" is perched on four acres in Fort Tryon Park overlooking the Hudson River. The four 12th Century French cloisters house 2,000 pieces of Romanesque and Gothic arts and architecture. Part of the collection are four beautifully curated courtyard gardens—all a joyful foil to the cold austerity the Medieval interiors.

In the past year, the Trie Garden was completely restored. This garden was originally designed to mimic the gardens of the Cloisters' prized Medieval Unicorn Tapestries' own millefleurs (thousand flour) garden. Now the courtyard garden has been redesigned for "four-season-interest". In mid-September, the blooming flowers and contrasting foliage are spectacular.

Met Cloisters' Managing Horticulturist, Caleb Leech, explains in great detail how his team used the garden as a canvas of their own in a recent blog post. He explains: "The inclusion of our wild garden in the midst of a cloister adds a particular joy for gardeners. The enameled mead, or flowering meadow, which is thought to be a modern trend in gardens, was clearly beloved by those in the Middle Ages. In yet another way, gardens and plants bring us closer to our predecessors." 

The Cloisters is open seven days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. A contribution is suggested but, ultimately, MET museums allow you to pay what you can. And a ticket to the Cloisters will grant you same-day admission to The MET Fifth Avenue and the contemporary collection at the MET Breuer.

99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040Phone: 212-923-3700

Open Seven Days a Week
March–October: 10 am–5:15 pm
November–February: 10 am–4:45 pm

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