Celebrating Strawberry Fields

October 6, 2010 2:44:23 PM PDT
Strawberry Fields forever. A song that, for John Lennon, evoked fond childhood memories and after his death became the name of one of the most visited spots in Central Park.

"I think people come (and) it's mystical, magical. It's beautiful and you get inspired," Sara Cedar of the Central Park Conservancy said.

It's a 2.5 acre stretch of land in the shape of a teardrop.

From here you can see the lake and the Dakota, where Lennon lived with his family.

He was born October 9th, 1940 in a hospital in Liverpool. Strawberry Fields was founded on what would have been Lennon's 45th birthday.

It was the first major landscape redesigned by the central park conservancy thanks to a one million dollar donation by Yoko Ono.

Park historian cedar just finished a book about this area.

"He raised his son here. They loved Central Park - Yoko, John and Sean," she said.

The centerpiece is a reproduction of a mosaic, a gift from Italy to the park. Yoko treasures the piece.

"That is the one that memorializes him and really is the most wonderful message. One word - imagine. A better world and that's what Yoko and John were fighting for, and Yoko is still fighting for today," Cedar said.

Many of the plants you see were given to the park by 121 countries around the world. In 1981, Princess Grace of Monaco donated the dogwoods.

You'll find people here from all over the world visiting the area. Much larger crowds come on Lennon's birthday and on the anniversary of his death, December 8th.

As one person told me, if listen closely you maybe lucky enough to hear that familiar song.

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