There’s a secret garden growing in the most unlikely of places — along the FDR Drive in the East Village.
An unidentified horticulturalist has maintained the lush urban garden for two years, growing vegetables and herbs adjacent to the East Sixth Street footbridge, city parks employees say.
The 30-by-9-foot strip of land, which runs along the southbound lanes of the FDR, was previously filled with day lilies but now boasts rows of fresh veggies.
The little patch is cordoned off with a discarded orange “left lanes closed” roadwork sign, cinder blocks and wire fencing.
But as lovely as the little green space may be, it’s not there legally.
“The garden is not authorized,” said Phil Abramson, a Parks Department spokesman.
Parks employees have tried to tell the elusive gardener, believed to be an Asian man, he’s not allowed to plant there.
“It’s hard to communicate because we don’t speak whatever language he speaks,” said one Parks worker, who did not want to be identified.
The mystery gardener could not be reached.