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.



 July 11, 2017  Comments Off on Summer color
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.
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!

 May 26, 2017  Comments Off on Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)