1450 plant species 140 rare animal species 20,000 acres of natural areas 680,000 street trees 235 tree species 318 species of birds 220 native species of bees 170,000 different kinds of soil bacteria Where is this place? NEW YORK CITY. The average kid can identify 1,000 corporate logos and… 10 species of plants. 2018 marks 100 years as an organization for The City Gardens Club of New York City. I am sometimes think, I am connected to most of the […]
“Our success is up to each of us individually. We can each make a measurable difference almost immediately by planting a native nearby. As gardeners and stewards of our land, we have never been so empowered – and the ecological stakes have never been so high.” – Douglas Tallamy, Bring Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens. New York City has 10,000 acres of natural areas – forests, wetlands and grasslands. For those of us who live […]
“Introducing people is like a label making machine…a wikipedia entry. Let me tell you about the woman I know. She is an influencer of my soul. I approach Robin Wall Kimmerer like one would approach Mick Jaeger. She is a teacher, writer, poet and scientist ” Elizabeth Gilbert introducing Robin Wall Kimmerer. I have going to NYBG lectures at for years, and this was the most of out of the box talk I have ever been to. Kimmerer assured the audience that her […]
Community is the word of the moment. It’s almost impossible to listen to a broadcast, read an article or watch TV without the word community being mentioned. This use or over use of the word community is also the word du jour of horticulturists. Cassian Schmidt was the speaker last night at the annual Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden. Schmidt is a master of the matrix style of plant communities. I heard Cassian […]
When was the last time you heard a landscape architect say “I don’t do residential. I don’t do suburban. I work in degraded urban spaces.” Signe Nielsen opened her talk entitled “Optimistic Landscapes” for the NYBG Landscape Design Portfolio Series with that opening salvo. Nielsen spoke about 3 projects: Hunts Point Landing, The Lowline and Pier 55. If you have ever gone to the Hunts Point Market; you know it’s hard to navigate, ugly and on first glance has no livable space. […]
People ask me what’s like at the American Academy in Rome (AAR). I hope this photo blog gives the reader some idea of the physical environment that makes AAR special. Although the building and its grounds at the Academy are amazing. The most important part of being at AAR is the time to work, meet other artists and writers and explore the never-ending layers that make up Rome.
Nico Vascellari “I walk in the woods, and collect the nests which have fallen from the trees. Then I start disassembling them, twig by twig, straw by straw…Nests are the most intimate, custom-made houses one can imagine.” What I liked about going to the MAXXI : it was full of work by artists I did not know. These photographs do not do justice to Vascellari’s work, which are life size pieces from birds nests… they are a kind of calligraphy. […]