Native Plants Are Where It’s At!
Saturday May 14, 11-2pm at Stuyvesant Cove Park
For many years Stuyvesant Cove Park has participated in Wildflower Week, a citywide event celebrating the natural areas and native plants of New York City. Last year we had many kid-friendly activities. We made seed bombs, a mixture of clay and wildflower seeds meant to be thrown into vacant lots or areas around the city in need of some greening up. We also made flower costumes, had face painting, and made botanical drawings.
This year we will be doing things a little differently!
We want to get participants out into the park and into the soil! All activities are geared towards kids and families, and no experience is necessary. For hands-on gardening activities we will be planting and watering new plants, which will grow throughout the season to become a part of the tapestry of flowers we enjoy every year at the park. We will also be learning about weeds, why we don’t want them in the garden and trying our hand at pulling them out by the roots! Participants can collect and take home acorns from our native oaks to plant in their own back yards or around the city, and there will also be a plant identification relay race with prizes!
Last but certainly not least, we are very excited to be hosting a special talk at 1pm by Mark Brownlee. Mark Brownlee, native plant nurseryman and naturalist, will talk about the evolution of plants from simple algae into their current myriad forms and the role they play in maintaining life as we know it today. Mark will share important insights into how plants interact with insects and other animals to create the extensive food chain that we rely on everyday. Learn tips on how to successfully garden with natives at home or at school to create real learning opportunities for students of all ages.
For advanced gardeners, Mark will be available afterwards to discuss how they can get directly involved in the 'local native plant economy.’
This event is free and open to the public, we just ask that you RSVP to liza[at]solar1[dot]org.
For more information about Wildflower Week please visit nycwildflowerweek.org.