Jul 272017

Astilbe in Roosevelt Park

Astilbe added to the gardens

Nestled among fern, hosta and hellebore, astilbe bring a bright splash of scarlet to the gardens in front of the Hayden Planetarium and the Bull Moose dog run. Rhizomatous, perennial flowering plants, Astilbe grow well in the shady, wet soils of these gardens.

We planted the astilbe in Roosevelt Park this month, and they will bloom until late summer. Stop by and take a look!

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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.”


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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.

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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.

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Jun 262017

New Summer Plants

We have added a stand of pink wax begonia and annual vinca at 81st street and Central Park west, and it will remain until October, when it will be replaced by a new tulip bulb planting.

Wax begonia

Wax begonia are herbaceous, compact, mound-forming perennials, native to tropical regions, which make them ideal for growing in Theodore Roosevelt Park during the warm New York City summers.


Annual vinca, also called periwinkle, is a fast-growing, drought-tolerant, spreading herbaceous annual, native to Madagascar. These compact, showy plants grow to a height of 12 inches and spread to 18 inches wide.

See them before the fall

Begonia and annual vinca produce beautiful flowers until October, and thrive in partial shade and organically-rich, well-drained soil. Visit the park to see them while they’re here!

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Jun 142017

Mohonia at Roosevelt Park

Summer plants on the Upper West Side

We have scheduled a massive planting at Theodore Roosevelt Park. Starting June 14th and extending to the end of the month, we will install hundreds of beautiful flowering plants in Bull Moose Dog Run, and in the Columbus Ave. and 81st Street gardens.

Can you identify these 8 species?

Look for cherry laurel, hydrangea, mahonia, crepe myrtle, hosta, hellebore, heuchera and anemone. These spectacular specimens will paint our gardens with splashes of purple, lavender, pink, green, white, caramel, chartreuse and yellow. Come back to see more photos as the summer continues!

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Jun 082017

Hosta Blooming at the Bull Moose Dog Run

Hosta in Roosevelt ParkHosta is native to China, Japan, and Korea. It’s a shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial, with lush, sensuous foliage. Hosta varies in size from dwarfs, which are inches tall, to giants of five feet. Leaves come in a variety of colors, shapes and textures: blue-green, dark green, chartreuse, bronze, red, variegated, crinkled, smooth, wavy, concave, oval, round, heart-shaped, elongated, narrow, and twisted.

New York City is ideal for Hosta plants

With a relatively cool climate, and sun that isn’t too strong, New York City is a great place for Hosta plants. In Roosevelt Park, sweeps of magnificent hosta grow luxuriantly in front of the Bull Moose dog run.

The origins of Roosevelt Park’s Hosta plants

We planted Hosta in the park three years ago, and they are now mature, rich in color and large.  Hosta bloom in late spring, so June is a great time to visit the park and see them.







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May 262017

Spanish Bluebell blooming under the cherry trees

Near the 77th Street entrance to the American Museum of Natural History, fragrant Spanish Bluebell brightens Roosevelt Park’s garden beds with bell-shaped, lavender-colored flowers.

Spanish bluebell reproduces by seed and rhizome and naturalizes well beneath the shade of deciduous trees, such as the cherry trees in Roosevelt Park. Bulbs develop into blue-green clumps of sword-like leaves, eventually spreading to 18 inches or more in width. Small flowers hang from upright flower stems that rise above the foliage. Spanish Bluebell flowers come in several colors: lavender, pink and white

Spain, Portugal and the Upper West Side

Although Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) is native to Spain and Portugal, this winter-hardy, shade-loving bulbous perennial also does well in New York City. Stop by the park and enjoy the flowers!

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May 242017

AzaleasAzalea (Rhododendron sp.) flower blossoms are lighting up Theodore Roosevelt Park with brilliant hues of pinks and reds.

AzaleasThe colors of late spring

Flowering in late spring, and after tulips, daffodils and cherry blossoms have faded, azaleas brighten Roosevelt Park with splashes of dazzling color that last for weeks.

The showy, funnel-shaped flowers can be seen growing under dappled shade along Columbus Avenue and 79th Street, and in front of the Planetarium.

Around the world and the Upper West Side

Azalea shrubs are hardy, shade-loving perennials, native to North America, China and Japan that grow well in acidic, moist soil with good drainage – growing conditions available throughout our park.

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