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Marie Dehaene on Urban Agriculture

Marie Dehaene on Urban Agriculture

Sustainable Cities, a panel discussion about the multifunctionality of urban farms as hubs of production, social interaction, education and diversity, is just one of many exciting events to look forward to at this year’s Urban Agriculture Conference from May 15 – 17. Rose Brook had the pleasure to meet and interview panelist Marie Dehaene. Born...
Late Winter Pruning

Late Winter Pruning

The goals of pruning are usually to control the size of a shrub, to remove dead or damaged wood, to clear out dense, choking growth and to maintain the shrub in a pleasing shape. How you prune will depend on why that particular plant needs attention.   Selective pruning: If your goal is to control...
DIY Bitters

DIY Bitters

  Use your garden as inspiration to create this aromatic cocktail essential Of all the things that have come out of our revitalized passion for classic cocktails, a renewed love for bitters is by far the most intriguing. An explosion of bitters has hit the market in the past few years, including classics Angostura and...
Happy Birthday Olmsted!

Happy Birthday Olmsted!

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks Frederick Law Olmsted Name one landscape architect. Any one will do. No, I’m not talking about the guy who does your landscaping — I’m looking for genuine, bona fide landscape architects, the ones who analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture natural and built environments. What was that? “Frederick...
Leaf Mold

Leaf Mold

Improve the structure and water-holding capacity of soil with leaf mold. Instead of carting leaves to the curb, recycle them the way nature does, by turning them into an invaluable soil builder. Leaf mold greatly improves the structure and water-holding capacity of soil. It also creates the perfect conditions for the community of beneficial organisms...
Hudson Valley Seed Library

Hudson Valley Seed Library

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Our friends, Ken Greene and Doug Muller, founders of the Hudson Valley Seed Library were just featured in a wonderful article in The New York Times on October 6. The Seed Library has been operating for the past 2 years to help maintain and distribute locally grown seed. Ken was...
Bryant Park Word for Word Series...

Bryant Park Word for Word Series…

Green Acres, Green GardensA Panel Discussion in Bryant Park George Pisegna, Director of Horticulture, HSNY and Maureen Hackett, Director of Horticulture, Bryant Park I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the Word for Word Series at Bryant Park on June 2. Peter Kukielski, Curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at The...
Arbor Day April 30, 2010

Arbor Day April 30, 2010

In-tree-gued? Hey green people, think trees! Go for a walk in the park and see what’s blooming – well, everything at once this year: redbud, cherry, magnolia, dogwood… And duck inside The Hort Library too. We’ve got what it takes to get you ruminating and cultivating. Here are just a few selections on trees from...
A Treasure Arrives in the Library

A Treasure Arrives in the Library

Not long ago a small, carefully wrapped package was sent to the library. A hand-written note accompanied the special gift – a pocket-sized album of pressed flower collages from the Holy Land. The donor acknowledged his appreciation for the society’s library. The album has a wooden cover with detailed, decorative color engraving surrounding Hebrew letters...