Late Spring at the Battery 2018

Late Spring: May 21-June 21 2018

This time of year is an exciting one at The Battery Conservancy. The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer, and we are in full planting mode! While I cannot judge for Piet Oudolf's other gardens (I have only been to this one and the garden at The High Line), he seems to have a cool palette: flowering plants in shades of pinks, purples, whites, light yellows and blues dominate the garden. What is amazing about his design, however, is that the plants look marvelous both before and after they flower! You can use various textures, colors and sizes of foliage as a focal point - the flowers are an added bonus.

What is truly magical about the late spring is that every June, The Battery Conservancy throws an Annual Gala dinner party, which raises money for the entire conservancy. As gardeners, groundskeepers, farm educators and volunteers, we participated in the event in various degrees. Jo Malone London and its parent company Estee Lauder did a marvelous job decorating the enormous tent that The Battery installed for the occasion. After the dinner, we danced with The Battery Conservancy founder, Warrie Price, to DJ Alexandra Richards, daughter of Keith Richards. How many people can say that?

Later that week, Maison St. Germain threw two parties in the same tent. The party was surreal: a mash-up of Alice in Wonderland, the roaring twenties and Salvador Dali's sketchbook. People said it couldn't be done, but it was beautiful and surreal. I'm not much of a drinker but imbibed in a few St. Germain cocktails. Who could resist? Isa Machine from Florence and the Machine was the DJ and Lady Gaga's makeup artist painted people's fake tattoos. My coworkers and I had a blast. I only wish that I had time to see the fortune teller and watch dancers interpret the fortune.

Gillenia trifoliata

Planting Helenium 'Mariachi Salsa,' Panicum virgatum, Amsonia hubrichtii, Aster umbellatus

Cart filled with Sedum 'Autumn Joy,' Sporobolis heterolepis, Helenium 'Mariachi Salsa'

Morning shot of the Statue of Liberty

Aruncus aestifolius 'Misty Lace,' Geranium phaeum, Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Before planting 130 Sporobolis heterolepis in the Carousel beds

Allium christophii


Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet'


Chrysogonum virginianum 'Quinn's Gold'


Monarda fistulosa


Paeonia lactiflora


Nepeta subsessilis and Hydrangea quercifolia


Aruncus dioicus 'Horatio'


Astrantia major 'Roma'


Symphiotrichum 'October Skies'


Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink' and Persicaria amplexicaulis 


Gillenia trifoliata


Allium 'Globemaster', Gillenia trifoliatus, Geranium phaeum 


Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost', Hosta 'Blue Angel', Gillenia trifoliata

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

Digitalis grandiflora, Aruncus dioicus 'Horatio'


Allium christophii, Salvia x sylvestris 'Blauhugel'


Magnolia macrophylla


Philadelphus virginalis and the Freedom Tower

Kalmia latifolia 'Minuet'


New York Stock Exchange


Federal Hall


Scabiosa, Knautia macedonia


Vernonia noveboracensis


Digitalis grandiflora


Astilbe 'Visions in Pink' 


Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise', Euphorbia 'Excalibur', Hydrangea quercifolia


Nepeta subsessilis


Achillea 'Terracotta'


Achillea 'Terracotta' individual flowers


Penstemon digitalis, Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly', Salvia 'Dear Anja'


Morning work-out by the water


Parthenium integrifolium


Eremurus 'White Beauty Favorite' and Stachys 'Hummelo'


Setting up the tent for the Battery Conservancy Gala


A few of your Battery Conservancy gardeners


Echinacea 'Magnus'


Achillea, Baptisia  in the Gardens of Remembrance

Acanthus spinosus


Parthenium integrifolium


Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top' - flowers follow the sun like sunflowers!


Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink'


Getting ready for the Battery Conservancy Gala


Floral piece by Jo Malone London


Flowers over the entryway of the tent

Preparing the tent for dinner


Waitstaff rolling napkins behind the tent


Alfredo with his flower hat


Ladies of the Battery Conservancy


Luciana and I with our star volunteers!


Sunset over New Jersey


The tent at night
 

I love this picture: The Battery Conservancy gardeners, groundskeepers and farm educators


Cotinus coggygria near Pier A 


Maison St. Germain setting up for their party


Bike for Maison St. Germain


Frames by Maison St. Germain


Ruellia humilis looking out towards Ellis Island


Echinacea 'Magnus' and Stachys monieri 'Rosea'

Allium sphaerocephalon and Perovskia atriplicifolia by the East Coast Memorial


Allium sphaerocephalon and Perovskia atriplicifolia


Masion St. Germain display


Maison St. Germain. Actors stood behind the planted "mirror" and handed out drinks!


Boy George serving drinks


Delicious artichoke hors d'oeuvres

Isa Machine from Florence and the Machine was our DJ

Got me some fake tattoos of the man on the bicycle who collected Elderflower berries


Woman getting her tattoo painted. I had my bicycle man riding on a rainbow.


Alfredo gets his head tattoo painted


Alfredo and Brandon looking sharp

Flowers lit up the Woodlawn


My stubby little feet while riding the SeaGlass Carousel. Have no recollection of taking this photo.


Riding the SeaGlass Carousel at night

There I am, riding the SeaGlass Carousel! Have a great night!
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