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 'Jan van Leeuwen'

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 and Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues' 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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