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Wilderness to Cultivated Gardens: Horticulture on Staten Island

This guide supplements the Early American Botany of Staten Island exhibit that can be seen in the Library's Gallery during the summer months.

Cultivated Gardens: The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden and the Tibetan Museum Garden

The floral displays provided by today's cultivated gardens on Staten Island are a man made alternative  to that which nature provided to the first settlers.  Sailor's Snug Harbor, located on the north shore of Staten Island, is an 83 acre park and cultural center. The property opened in 1833 as the first retirement home for sailors and housed 1000 sailors in the early 1900's.  The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, which is part of the Staten Island Botanical Garden, is on the property. A hidden treasure, worth a trip to Staten Island; to view one of only two authentic scholar's gardens in the United States.

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The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, located in Lighthouse Hill, was founded in 1945 to foster the interest, study and research of the art and culture of Tibet and its surrounding regions. The museum collects and preserves art, ethnographic objects, books, and photographs. The main building is designed to resemble a small Himalayan monastery. A small medication garden is on the property.