Early to Mid-Summer in the Garden 2015
This summer I am interning at the SUNY Farmingdale Teaching Gardens. The Teaching Gardens are comprised of smaller gardens or "garden rooms" such as the Tropical Garden, the Silver Garden, the Annual Beds and so on. This summer I am also interning at the relatively new Sustainable Garden, The Sustainable Garden is less formal than the other gardens, featuring vegetables, fruits, grasses and wildflowers. In addition, I volunteer once a week at the Gardens at the Cloisters Museum. Finally, this June I took a wonderful class at SUNY Farmingdale called the History of Garden Design with Professor Inguanti. The class was a four-week intensive, where we learned about a different culture or historical period per night. At the end of the course, we turned in a design for a modern garden based on what we learned in class. It has been a busy summer but a productive and educational one!
The Formal Gardens - May 2015
|Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelli' - Abysinian Banana|
|Dr. Iversen positioning the Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelli' (Abysinian Banana) on the annual beds|
|The Ensette now planted, we staked out diagonal beds.|
|Planting Alternanthera ficoidea 'Red Threads' along the diagonal bed divisions. |
Note the Cyperus papyrus at the mid-section of the bed.
|On the corner, Helichrysum petiolare (Licorice Plant), |
and Tagetes erecta 'Vanilla' (White Marigold)
with the Alternanthera ficoidea 'Red Threads'
|The Front Gate!|
|The Herb Garden|
|Rhododendron varieties between the Silver Garden and the Tropical Garden|
|In the Silver Garden: Kalanchoe beharensis (Velvet Leaf), Senecio vira-vira (Dusty Miller), Senecio cinerarim, Plectranthus argentatus, Petunia 'Tidalwave Silver'|
|Planting pots in the front of the Greenhouse|
The Formal Gardens - June 2015
|Juan trimming the palms|
|Roses and peonies|
|A condom in the Ilex x meservae!|
|The Tropical Garden at SUNY Farmingdale|
Once a week, I volunteer at the Cloisters Gardens. This work is more detail-oriented than the work at the Sustainable and the Formal Gardens. The gardeners, the security guards and the rest of the staff at the Cloisters are wonderful people. I'm slowly learning the plants, so if visitors ask me what this or that is, I usually refer them to the head gardeners.
|Construction at the Cloisters Garden|
|The last rose on this little bush at the Cloisters|
|A classic quadripartite cloisters garden at the Cloisters Museum|
|The Cloisters Garden|
|Video of Silene uniflora 'Compacta' - or Bladder Campion - at the Cloisters Gardens|
Wild Flowers and Fresh Herbs grown at ECOStationNY at the Bushwick Co-op.
And Finally.... My sketches and final project for the History of Garden Design Class.
|Felt pen drawing of sunflower|
|Felt marker drawing of perennial border|
|My design for the wonderful History of Garden Design class with Professor Inguanti.|
For our final project, we designed a garden based on historical gardens that we learned in class.
|My final plan and perspective for a friend's garden based on Chinese and Japanese gardens for the History of Garden Design Class.|
|Perspective for backyard, facing away from the house|