Jul 132017
 
mann on Nobel monumentThis month marks the 80th birthday of Roald Hoffman, one of the Nobel Prize winners whose name appears on the Nobel monument in Roosevelt Park. He was was born on July 21, 1937.

Time in New York City

Hoffmann was born in Poland. After surviving the Holocaust, he moved with his mother to New York City. He studied at P.S. 93 and P.S. 16 in Brooklyn, and he graduated from Stuyvesant High School and Columbia University.

Chemistry and Poetry

Hoffmann received a PhD in chemistry from Harvard in 1962, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981, sharing the prize with Kenichi Fukui.

He taught chemistry at Cornell University, wrote books and scientific papers, and participated in a television series, “The World of Chemistry.” Hoffmann published his first poem in 1984. He later published six collections of poetry, “The Metamict State,” and “Gaps and Verges,” “Memory Effects,” “Solition,” “Catalista: Poemas Escogidos,” and “Roald Hoffmann Izbrannie Stichotvorenia.”

 

 July 13, 2017  Comments Off on Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann
Jul 112017
 

What summer flowers can you see in Roosevelt Park?

Violet Lily

Purple Hydrangea

Have you noticed the multitude of flowering cultivars currently in bloom in our gardens?   The park’s colorful summer bloom surpasses spring’s display.

Astilbe, lily, hydrangea, blue nepeta, roses

If you live or work on the Upper West Side, enjoy the colors in your backyard. Red, pink and purple astilbe; orange, red, peach and yellow lily; green, white, pink, violet and indigo hydrangea; blue nepeta; and red, yellow, red and pink roses are all blooming in Theodore Roosevelt Park this summer.

 

 

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Jul 102017
 

It’s never too soon to plan for fall!

While our visitors are luxuriating in the summer warmth and enjoying the current blooms, gardeners must plan ahead. The Friends of Roosevelt Park have purchased 3,500 flowering plant bulbs for our fall planting.

What are the most colorful flowers on the Upper West Side?

Expect four weeks of color with the addition of Spanish Blue belles; white bell-shaped snowflakes; white winged snowdrops; yellow, white and golden yellow daffodils; red, yellow and purple tulips, and lilac-pink alliums.

 July 10, 2017  Comments Off on Fall is coming!
Jul 072017
 

Sigma Delta Tau volunteers help us create a new garden

On June 24th, 2017, Theodore Roosevelt Park held one of its largest volunteer events of the year. More than 100 volunteers from Sigma Delta Tau, a national sorority, visited the Upper West Side to join Partnership for Parks personnel, GreenLife Interns, and NYC Parks & Recreation gardening staff in cleaning, weeding, and creating a new flower garden at Columbus Avenue and 81st Street.

Hundreds of new flowering plants

The Sigma Delta Tau volunteers donated hundreds of new plants, including heuchera, hosta, hellebore, hydrangea, mahonia, anemone, and Japanese forest grass. Volunteers also weeded extensively throughout the park. In addition to being one of the largest volunteer events this year, it was one of the most productive.

What is Sigma Delta Tau?

Sigma Delta Tau is a national sorority with more than 60,000 members. They are committed to empowering women, and as observed last week, dedicated to beautifying parks.

 July 7, 2017  Comments Off on New garden at Columbus Ave and 81st St.