The Garden at the Bell Gardens in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, where residents gather for the annual garden festival, has seen a 10% drop in its attendance over the past three years, according to the Garden Conservancy.
While there are still some 6,000 people in the Garden, the number of people participating in the festival, held each May, is down from the previous year’s peak of 12,000, said Michael A. Vartanian, director of the Conservancy, which oversees the gardens and provides security.
This is due to an increased number of guests staying for the first time, he said.
“This is a fantastic result for the Conservatory, which is a long-term project and it’s also an excellent result for our customers who enjoy the garden,” he said in a statement.
The Garden is the largest and most popular of the city’s five main parks, with more than 15,000 residents in New York City.
The Conservancy has been working with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the Garden to ensure the Garden’s growth continues, said Vartanan.
In a statement, the Conservational said its goal was to “increase the Garden by 20% each year and to have a 30% decrease in attendance by 2020.”
The Conservatory has a number of other programs to increase attendance, such as a summer program that offers free yoga classes and a “free yoga weekend” on weekends.
In June, the conservancy released a series of videos highlighting some of the best gardens in New England, which were created by the Conservators.
In addition to the garden, the Garden at Bell Gardens offers a variety of programs for children and adults, such at the Children’s Garden, which hosts a free children’s art exhibit, and the Muppet Kids Garden, a family friendly garden featuring an array of muppets, as well as a variety programs for seniors.
The Gardens also offer a free day of play at the Garden every year, and in the spring the Conservatories annual “Treaty Day” event, a day of free play with friends, is held on Saturday mornings.
For more information, visit the Garden website.
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