Welcome to the Lotus Garden

View of the Lotus Garden facing 97th Street

The Lotus Garden is a community garden — and community of gardeners — on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, 20 feet above West 97th Street. Located on the roof of a garage, our 1/6th of an acre is a unique, beautiful, urban oasis that is maintained by our 28 gardeners and other volunteers.

We are a NYS nonprofit corporation and are financed solely by dues from our gardeners, annual membership fees from our key holders and donations from the public. This year we received a grant from the Citizen's Committee for NYC to kick off the renovation of our shed. We currently do not have IRS 501(c)3 status.

We are open to the public every Sunday afternoon from April through November, between 1 and 4 PM (unless it is raining heavily). We invite you to visit and experience this special place, to become a key-holder and to volunteer. (Look for the gate just to the east of the garage on the south side of West 97th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue.)

Check us out on facebook; For more information and all questions e-mail us at info@thelotusgarden.org.

This is Our 30th Anniversary Year!

Many exciting things are happening in and about the garden:

A New Book

We are honored to be the subject of the upcoming book The Lotus Garden: A 30th Anniversay Celebration by Jeff Kindley.

NYT Article

An article in the Home Section of the New York Times, published on July 3, 2014, describes our unique history.

Art Show & Benefit Party

We hope you will join us in the garden on Saturday September 20, (rain date Sunday 9/21):

      From 12:00 to 3:00 pm for an ART SHOW and sale to benefit the garden.

      From 4:00 to 6:00pm for a 30th ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT PARTY with live music, food, beverages and a special presentation to honor Mark Greenwald and Carrie Maher, the co-creators and founders of the Lotus Garden.

Jeff Kindley will be signing copies of his book: The Lotus Garden: A 30th Anniversay Celebration.

Click here to pay online and reserve your place at the benefit.

When you visit the garden you'll see our brand new three-bin composting system, built by garden volunteers. Pending projects include a new pergola over our deck and a full renovation of our shed.

Thanks to the generosity of our gardeners, key holders and community members, the Lotus Garden has served as a leafy rooftop  oasis for hundreds of neighborhood families for three decades. Even if you can't attend our benefit you can show your support in other ways. Please consider joining our Membership Flower Circle (click to join) now. (Thank you gifts - tote bag, autographed copy of the book - will be availible following the benefit in September. )