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Winter Blooms in NYC

While most people look to spring as the season when flowers start blooming in NYC, some plants don’t care that the weather is cold. And as it happens, both Madison Square and Stuyvesant Cove Parks are home to a few…and the ones in Stuy Cove are, of course, native species.

Zizea aurea, or golden Alexander, a native perennial that can be found across the entire East Coast, from Canada to Florida. It generally prefers moist conditions in woodlands or prairies, and grows in Stuy Cove. Last winter, it flowered continuously!

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StuyTown & NY Cares Volunteers Wrap Up the Season in Style

Saturday November 18 th was the last Community Volunteer Day of 2017 at Stuyvesant Cove Park, and there couldn’t have been any better way to celebrate. A first in many years, the event was a partnership between Stuyvesant Town and Solar One- the rekindling of the collaboration between neighbors that will grow into next season. New York Cares, who has been a strong partner of the park for quite some time also joined for a healthy turnout of almost fifty people of all ages.

Stuyvesant Town has a new initiative called the Good Neighbors Program, which is a volunteer group of staff and residents who help with projects in the community city and statewide, and it was through this wonderful group that there were so many new faces of all ages helping out and becoming better acquainted with their neighborhood waterfront park!

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The Soapbox: A plant is not just a plant

Stuyvesant Cove Park Angels

Stuyvesant Cove Park Angels

This week, Liza Mindemann, Park Manager of Stuyvesant Cove Park, wrote this op-ed for the local Town and Village newspaper, all about the importance of native plants like the ones we grow in the Park. Reblogged from the T&V blog:

As many of you already know, Stuyvesant Cove Park is a native species plant park. When we have school groups one of the first questions I ask is, “can anyone tell me what a native plant is?” It’s a harder question to answer than one might think, but the simple answer is that native plants are those species that naturally occur in a region and have evolved and adapted over many thousands of years to the specific conditions of that geographic area.

Many of us don’t think of gardens as having any purpose outside of providing beauty, or perhaps growing food to eat. But today, our gardens are actually one of the last chances we have to preserve the diverse species of plants, insects and wildlife that once prolifically populated our region.

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What’s Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove Park: Fall Edition

purpleasterIt’s hard to believe that summer is well and truly over and fall is upon us! But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time to enjoy native flowers blooming in Stuyvesant Cove Park!

And if you’d like to help us put the Park to bed for the winter, our last Park Volunteer Day of 2015 will be held on Saturday October 31 from 10am-1pm. Pizza lunch will be provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association, and if you’d like to come, please RSVP to dina[at]solar1[dot]org. You will need weather-appropriate clothes (layers are good at this time of year) and close-toed shoes. we’ll provide the tools, gloves and other supplies you’ll need to get the job done.

And now for the list of species you’ll see blooming in the Park over the next couple of weeks:

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What’s Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove? Mid-Summer Edition, Pt. 2

rosemallowSummer is flying by, isn’t it? Labor Day is less than a month away, and parents are counting the days until school starts again! But in Stuyvesant Cove Park, the flowers of summer are still blooming, and if you take a walk in the Park this week, here’s what you’re most likely to see:

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What’s Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove? Mid-Summer Edition, Pt. 1

scp_summerAs we approach the end of July, more flowers are blooming than ever. If you want to see native plants at their lushest and most productive, now is the time to pay a visit to the Park.

If you stop by the Park in the next few weeks, here’s what you are likely to see:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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