Late Summer and Fall in the Garden 2015

July began with a field trip to The High Line Park in New York City. We began at the northern-most end in Midtown and worked our way down to the entrance in Chelsea/Meatpacking District. The High Line Park is beautiful, but imagine walking through with a group of professors who are serious horticulturalists and enjoy quizzing each other (and the students) on nearly every plant we passed along the 1.45 mile walk!

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Astilbe chinensis aka False Spirea
Sambucus nigra 'Eva' - Black Lace Elderberry
Native plant that can be used for jam
A "green roof" on the ground between the
World Trade Center Memorial and the Irish Potato Famine Memorial

Our next field trip was to the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY. Be sure to check out the link. The story of Samuel Untermyer and his gardens is fascinating. In addition to creating an enormous garden estate (now a Conservancy just North of the Bronx), he was one of the most vocal Jewish American opponents to Hitler but unfortunately died before the end of World War II so he never got to see Nazi Germany lose. 

Untermyer Gardens
Untermyer Gardens
After the Untermyer Gardens and Conservancy, we drove to Wavehill, a public park in Riverdale, which is a neighborhood in the Bronx. These gardens were less formal than Untermyer but they did have some surprising elements, such as greenhouses filled with strange and wonderful plants. Both gardens had spectacular views of the Hudson River.
Air plants at Wave Hill, Riverdale (Bronx), NY
Gardens at Wave Hill
Gardens at Wave Hill
Gardens at Wave Hill
Vilaykorn and European Beech at Wave Hill

Our final field trip (I missed out on the one to garden centers in Long Island) was at Old Westbury Gardens, in Westbury, Long Island. Although my old art school has hosted annual summer painting marathons there for years, I had never been. I only took a few photos of the glorious estate. I remember standing under a huge Beech tree whose long limbs rooted when they touched the earth, forming a ring of new Beeches around it. When the parent plant dies, the newly rooted "trees" will live on. Also wonderful is this arcade of Linden Trees. My friend Bernard enjoyed this immensely. Finally, while resting by the lake below the mansion, we spotted an enormous snapping turtle! We saw a little of its head (which is bigger than two of my fists) so we can only guess at its full size!!


 


Meanwhile...back in Farmingdale, Long Island...the summer internship continues.
The Sustainable Garden
The interns at the Sustainable Garden laid out this stone patio outside of the tool shed
I had to remove a patch of Daucus carota, or Queen Anne's Lace to make room for a new turf plot.
Daucus' roots smell like it's cousin, the carrot!

Silver Garden at SUNY Farmingdale

Acalypha hispida  - Red Hot Cat's Tail
The tropical gardens at Farmingdale State College

The tropical gardens at Farmingdale State College
Tropical Ari
A well-needed trip to San Francisco came about mid-August. 
Fresh apples at the Ferry Building
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz
Greenwall in downtown SF
Greenwall in downtown SF
Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach
Me and two of my little brothers
San Francisco Botanical Garden
San Francisco Botanical Garden
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Banksia speciosa - San Francisco Botanical Garden
Watercolor of a Tree Aura

....And now to the FALL....the fall brings changes in scenery and new classes, including construction, turfgrass management, landscape plots and plans, among others. Here is a tiny taste of fall photographs. More to come in another post. Thanks for tuning in!

My friend Matthew Addison showed his clay installation "Reef" at the Pratt Alumni Show 2015
Vilaykorn Sayaphet
Sophora (Styphnolobium) japnonica - Japanese Pagoda (Scholar) Tree in Bushwick
Luscious rose hips on a Rosa rugosa - Beach Rose
Amaranthus caudatus - Love Lies Bleeding
Colchicum autumnale - Autumn Crocus
Colchicum autumnale - Autumn Crocus
A rainy day in Brooklyn
Catalpa speciosa - Northern Catalpa or Indian Bean

Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' - Profusion Beautyberry
Dr. Lehrer teaching us how to identify a Malus hybrid (Crabapple) tree


Some images from our construction class with Professor Fogelberg...
Laying in concrete in our construction class!
Concrete mixer!

Kathleen buttering bricks for a wall

 Theresa and Kathleen in front of our almost-ready patio:
We laid out the stone design, made a 4' x 4' box out of 2x4's,
then we braced the box, filled it with sand
and leveled off the sand before laying in the stone.

 Kristen finishing off the stones in our patio.

The very pregnant Theresa by our finished patio!
Felt island for Plots and Plans


And finally, some images from the New York Botanical Garden, where I went for the first time with my friend Matt, to check out the fall colors and the Frida Kahlo exhibit.





 A reconstruction of Frida's art desk


 An elegant Cedrus deodara - Deodar Cedar at Central Park


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