Designed by Piet Oudolf, a renowned Dutch garden designer, the Gardens of Remembrance were planted on in May 2003 with native grasses and flowering perennials. They embrace the waterfront, are in rhythm with the sea breeze, and delight the eye, while greeting millions of annual visitors to the Battery.
These vast perennial gardens pay tribute to:
- Those who perished on September 11, 2001
- The survivors of that day
- All who will visit in the years to come seeking renewed optimism and hope
The yearly installation of new plant material has been replaced by the nurturing of plants that return stronger with each succeeding year. This 10,000 square foot garden combines 114 varieties of hybrid perennials and native plants, offering stunning beauty through all four seasons, while contributing to the sustainability of the park’s landscape and greatly increasing the efficiency of the Conservancy’s maintenance operations. These plants, with their yearly renewal, echo the resilience of The Battery and of all New Yorkers.
About the Promenade
The rebuilt Upper Promenade opened in 2001. The defining element of the reconstructed Upper Promenade is the serpentine Stony Creek granite bench that runs the length of the promenade for 1,500 feet and gracefully outlines the prow of Manhattan Island. Each face of the bench’s 23 piers is decorated with a beautifully carved spiral.
Named The Battery Wave, the spiral is based on the golden mean. Its shape is echoed in the kerbed piers and the arched cast iron supports of the slatted bench. The Battery Wave, alone and as a repeated design element, reinforces the vital tie between the Battery’s landscape and New York’s Harbor.
The granite of the bench was quarried in Stony Creek, Connecticut, which also produced the stone for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.
Pre-renovation, The Battery Promenades had suffered from years of neglect. The gangways and staircases were not aligned, making access to the waterborne transportation difficult. Corroded iron fencing served as a barrier to the waterfront, restricting harbor views and pedestrian access.
The Conservancy has established a $4 million endowment fund to maintain the Gardens of Remembrance in perpetuity. To date $1 million has been donated from the Verizon Foundation.
If you would like to be a part of creating and preserving these tribute gardens, please go to our Donations page
A Garden Guide
The Battery Conservancy has documented these these beautiful gardens in Gardens of Remembrance: A Garden Guide, winner of a 2007 Wally Award for book design on synthetic paper. Authoritative and waterproof, this guide is useful for your visit to The Battery in any weather. Available for purchase on amazon.com.