It is the warmth supplied by the color and life of the exterior gardens that gives The Frick Collection its residential ambience. In this respect it is unlike other museums of its size and scope in New York. Even fresh roses for the galleries and private luncheons are taken from the rose-cutting beds in summer, and herbs are grown to supply the kitchen for guests and staff. Set back from the sidewalk, behind the tall fence guarded by mythic iron griffins, the raised garden is presented like the stage of a theater, separating it from the busy world. Likewise, viewing the garden from the windows of the Fragonard Room or the Living Hall visually integrates the art and gardens in a way no other museum in the city can.
—Galen Lee, Horticulturist and Special Events Designer