Early Summer at the Battery 2018

Early Summer (June 21-July 20)

After the Annual Benefit Gala, life slows down at The Battery. We continue weeding the gardens, although not at the frenzied pace of the past month. My fellow intern, Luka, and I were put in charge of the Bosque, the Gardens of Remembrance and the Carousel beds while our supervisor went on vacation for three weeks. We learned how to irrigate large beds with sprinkler donuts, hoses and rain-birds. We learned which plants need water the most during hot dry spells and how to tell when these plants need water. We timed our watering sessions so the heavily-trafficked areas got watered early in the morning before the crowds arrived. We hand-watered the narrow beds along the water where the irrigation pipes were malfunctioning. In the portions of the garden with drip and sprinkler irrigation, we learned to adjust sprinklers with risers as the plants around them grew and blocked the range. 

Overall, it was a worthwhile experience, although the first week after our supervisor left was extremely hot and we were running around like crazy watering this and that. Thankfully, we received a record amount of rain in July, which saved many a plant. By the time our supervisor returned from vacation, Luka and I were well-versed in multi-tasking irrigation, weeding, cutting back perennials and managing volunteers. Mid-July, we took several field trips to Planting Fields, New Jersey, and to New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. It is always beneficial to get out and see other gardens to get ideas and to freshen your mind.


Allium sphaerocephalon and Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire'



Allium sphaerocephalon, Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire'


Veronicastrum virginicum and Hydrangea quercifolia


Panicum virginicum 'Dallas Blues' (grass), Silphium terebinthinaceum (yellow flowers),
Vernonia noveboracensis (
tall plants in back), Quercus phellos



Silphium terebinthinaceum flowers rise above Panicum 'Dallas Blues'


Battery volunteer Elena photographs Acanthus spinosus in flower

Acanthus spinosus


View of plants on the Bikeway (Phase II): Echinacea purpurea, Fothergilla, Scutellaria incana, Tricyrtis, Deschampsia



Luncheon on the Water: Clipper City

The Battery said Thank You to the staff for our hard work for the Annual Benefit Gala with lunch on Clipper City, which is a boat that takes you past the Statue of Liberty.



Maria was celebrating Brasil playing in the World Cup!

View of the Downtown and The Battery from the water


View of Verazzano Bridge



Statue of Liberty


Some of our horticulture and farm crew brought the party off of the boat...

....and back to the park house!


Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top' - A low growing Echinacea native to Nashville, TN. Must be grown in isolation of other Echinacea species in order to preserve species integrity. Flowers face East!



Astilbe 'Purple Candles'


Aphids on Asclepias incarnata, swamp milkweed


Ruellia humilis, Liatris spicata, Schizacrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation', Allium purpureum

Boats in the Hudson River


Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus', Monarda 'Raspberry Wine', Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'


Philipendula rubra 'Venusta Magnifica' (light pink), Monarda 'Scorpion' (purple), Cotinus coggygria 


More Filipendula rubra 'Venusta Magnifica' and Monarda 'Scorpion'


The amazing flower of Silphium terebinthinaceum


Walking home past the NY Stock Exchange


Visiting a friend who works at O'Haras pub near Ground Zero. The bar is packed with badges! Ask to see their scrapbook of news clippings from 9/11 and the aftermath.


Strange activity by a strange person at about 7:30am by the fountain. After working nearly 6 months in a public park, nothing surprises me anymore. Ask me to share some stories about the park and the Metropolitan Museum...

Bark of Platanus acerifolia, London Plane Tree




Smiling Hogshead Ranch, Long Island City
Visit to Smiling Hogshead Ranch in Long Island City!


Exploring the abandoned railway above Smiling Hogshead Ranch


Abandoned railway above Smiling Hogshead Ranch

Thalictrum rochebruneanum 


Corylopsis pauciflora in the Bikeway


Achillea 'Moonshine', Baptisia 'Purple Smoke', Scutellaria incana


 Field Trip to Pleasant Run Nursery, New Jersey

Field trip to Pleasant Run Nursery in NJ - Rudbeckia maxima


A beautiful garden in NJ

Garden in New Jersey

Garden in New Jersey


Aster macrophyllus 'Alba'


Aster macrophyllus 'Alba'


Anemone tomentosa robustissima


Sanguisorba obtusa 'Red Thunder' before bloom

Monarda 'Scorpion', Achillea 'Terracotta', Scutellaria incana


Hydrangea quercifolia



Field Trip to New York Botanical Garden: Horticulture Intern Day 7/18/2018

Tropicals at the New York Botanical Garden


Pineapples at the New York Botanical Garden


Lotus at the New York Botanical Garden

Tropical display at the New York Botanical Garden
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