Jefferson Market Garden is similar to another of our favorite outdoor spaces, Jackson Square, in that it is an absolutely beautiful, well-tended, and well-loved park, but it suffers from its location. Located on the site of a former women’s prison, the garden is bordered by 6th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue and is plagued with constant traffic, unrelenting horn honking, and never-ending construction noise of some sort or another.
Our visit was short. It started off louder than it ended due to a utility truck that was idling very loudly nearby. There’s a fire house about a block away, so loud sirens are common (one returning fire truck made its way back home during our visit), as are those purposefully loud motorcycles. There wasn’t one silent moment, not a minute of calm during our visit.
That said, Jefferson Market Garden is still worth visiting. The plantings are lovely, with bursts of color throughout, and fragrance has not been ignored. We could smell the roses whenever a breeze swept through. So come and enjoy the lush plantings and riot of color. Just don’t expect a peaceful visit, because you won’t get it.
The garden is open when a member is present, which generally is not a problem during the season (April through November). Some bench seating is provided but is often occupied as the garden is very popular.
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to dusk (from April through October), weather permitting
70 A Greenwich Avenue (betw. 6th Avenue and W. 10th Street), New York, NY 10011