Apr 282017
 

New York Cares volunteers

On Saturday, April 22nd, 70 volunteer gardeners and 7 Greenlife interns joined New York Cares team leaders and New York City Parks Department staff to lend their passion and horticulture skills to clean up and plant flowers in Theodore Roosevelt Park. As volunteers assembled in front of the Hayden Planetarium, one woman said that she and her group of 15 high school students had traveled 4,000 miles, from Denmark, to volunteer at the park during their New York City visit! Volunteers worked steadily for three hours, in spite of the chilly, intermittent rain.

Spring cleaning and planting

Planting flowersThe gardens in front of the Bull Moose Dog Run were cleaned of dried leaves and weeded, and the pathways were swept clean.  Volunteers planted redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea), lavender (lavandula grosso,) and blazing star (liatris spicata).  These shrubs and perennials will provide desirable color, texture and form to our favorite Upper West Side park.

Lavandula grosso (lavender)

Lavender is a French hybrid with gray-green foliage. It grows into a shrubby mound 30 inches tall, and produces abundant fragrant, dark blue flower spikes in mid-summer.

Greenlife Interns

Cornus sericea (redosier dogwood)

Redosier dogwood is an upright, spreading shrub that can grow up to 10 feet tall. Small white fragrant flowers bloom in late spring, and fruit is produced the following summer, attracting birds. In the winter, stems turn bright red, an attractive contrast to a snowy background.

Liatris spicata (blazing star)

Blazing star is a clump-forming perennial, growing to 2 – 4 feet tall. It forms terminal spikes of purple flower heads in the summer.

The benefits of volunteering

Volunteers in Roosevelt ParkJudging from their smiles and friendly conversations, all of the volunteers enjoyed their work, admired their horticultural accomplishments, and felt proud to be able to contribute to the beautification of Theodore Roosevelt Park. Stop by the park in a few weeks to see how the flowers are coming along!

 

 April 28, 2017  Comments Off on New York Cares Volunteers at Roosevelt Park
Apr 212017
 

Earth Day

Roosevelt Park Trees and Flowers

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Conceived by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was intended to increase awareness of threats to the environment.

Roosevelt Park NYC bare dirtTwenty years after the first Earth Day, The Friends of Roosevelt Park were a newly formed group, dedicated to the restoration of Roosevelt Park. The park had been neglected, resulting in stretches of bare dirt broken interspersed with dead plants. It was a stressed environment.

Today, Earth Day has become an international observance, and Roosevelt Park has been restored to a welcoming slice of nature in the city. Its 10 acres are filled with trees, grass, and flowers. This Earth Day, come sit on one of our benches and celebrate how far the park has come!

 April 21, 2017  Comments Off on Earth Day
Apr 182017
 

IMGP6987 drinking water fountain

The first public drinking water fountain in New York City was installed in City Hall Park in 1842. Today there are more than 1,000 drinking water fountains in New York City parks. Water is fat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and gluten-free, and if you choose fountain water over bottled water, it’s cost-free as well.

 April 18, 2017  Comments Off on Have a drink in Roosevelt Park