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Boulder Ledge Garden Club Brings Holiday Cheer to Bronxville and Beyond PDF Print Email

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By Liz Hoskinson, Boulder Ledge Garden Club

Dec. 18, 2019:  Boulder Ledge Garden Club once again combined its gardening know-how and its sense of community spirit to help bring holiday cheer to Bronxville and beyond.

BLGC members gathered earlier this month to fashion Christmas decorations, taking plain evergreens and turning them into beautifully decorated holiday wreaths.  The stacks of wreaths were then hand-delivered to the Veterans' Hospital, located up the line in Montrose, where staff and veterans hung them throughout the facility, helping transform the residence into an eye-catching and cheerful gathering place for the holidays.

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Community also continued in full at the BLGC's annual Christmas fundraiser luncheon, held December 5.  The Field Club provided a lovely seasonal setting and menu, and award-winning landscaper Maureen Hackett was the surprise guest speaker. 

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The "woman behind the trowel" for many of the Village's plantings -- as well as for New York City's Bryant Park, among other city landmarks -- gave an entertaining and educational talk about her use of shape and color to create the memorable garden and landscaping designs that create such civic beauty here in Bronxville and throughout New York City. 
 
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The luncheon's fundraising raffle was again a real success, and those funds raised will go to underwrite many of the Club's ongoing public efforts, which include the maintenance, in conjunction with the Village's DPW crew, of Bicentennial Park, located at the corners of Pondfield Road and Meadow Avenue, as well as the newly acquired upkeep of the traffic triangle located at Masterton and Pondfield Road.

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On March 11, 2020, Boulder Ledge will be holding an open house at the Bronxville Library,  It will include a discussion of the influence of Beatrix Farrand, the country's first female landscape designer and an advocate of the power of the natural world as a way to improve people's lives.  Farrar's work continues to be on display at Bellefield Mansion, part of the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, and other celebrated gardens.  All are welcome!
 

Photos courtesy Boulder Ledge Garden Club




Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 
Working Gardeners Display Snow Crocus Bulbs at The Bronxville Library: Free to Take Home: Children's Craft Tomorrow PDF Print Email

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By Regina Baio, member, Working Gardeners of Bronxville

Nov. 6, 2019: A pop-up Seed Library has sprouted on the shelves opposite the check out desk at the Bronxville Public Library. While supplies last, library patrons are welcome to take home and plant a package of Snow Crocus bulbs.

Each package contains five bulbs, also called "corms" of "Crocus Chrysanthus," one of the earliest blooming spring bulbs. Plant the bulbs four inches deep and three to four inches apart from now until when the ground freezes. After planting, water just once to get the roots growing.

Snow Croci are perennials, and so will bloom late winter or early spring year after year, and each bulb can produce several blossoms. Next year expect a cheerful display of color that will lift your winter-weary spirit with the promise that spring is just around the corner!

The Snow Crocus Seed Library is sponsored by The Working Gardeners of Bronxville, a garden club whose primary objective is to stimulate knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs.

It was founded in 1925 by Louise Beebe Wilder, a renowned author of books about gardening and Bronxville resident.

On Thursday, November 7th, members of The Working Gardeners will describe how to plant Snow Crocus bulbs to the children at the Library's regular Preschool Storycraft.

Pictured:  Package of Snow Crocus Bulbs

Photo by N. Bower

 

Editor's Note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Have You Noticed The New Crosswalks at Midland, Masterton and Crows Nest? PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Oct. 9, 2019: Have you noticed the new crosswalks at Midland Avenue, Masterton Road and Crows Nest Road in Bronxville?

According to Mayor Mary Marvin, the village has reconfigured this intersection to "better define the intersections, make crossing safer and reduce vehicle speed." A crossing guard will be at these intersections during school opening and closing hours.

The village's consulting engineer recommended the new design. It includes the relocation of the crosswalk on Masterton Road along with additional striping to reduce vehicle speed and better define the intersections.

It also includes the relocation of the crosswalk across Midland Avenue.  The old crosswalk had a stoplight. The new crosswalk will not.  According to Jim Palmer, Bronxville Village Administrator, the new crosswalk will have a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon ("RRFB") which is activated when a pedestrian is about enter the crosswalk.  According to Palmer, "this is in compliance with New York State standards and is what’s appropriate for the intersection." 

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New Crosswalk beween Masterton Road and Crows Nest Road and new striping

You also may have noticed there is a new green "walking person" painted near the bottom of Masterton Road.  The purpose of the "walking person" is to provide advance notice to motorists that they are approaching a crosswalk.

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New green "walking person" near the bottom of Masterton Road

A police car was stationed at the new crosswalks for the past month to draw attention to the changes and slow the speed of vehicles.

According to Palmer, the initial feedback on this new design is "positive."  Some residents have expressed concern about the "'industrial' nature of the improvements." However, Palmer explained these residents are "overwhelmingly supportive" when they learn that the striping and reflective bollards "will be replaced with low plantings, a new sidewalk and curbing – as was the case with the improvements at Kensington and Sagamore."

Residents are encouraged to provide input on the design so that necessary changes can be incorporated into the final plan.  Emails can be sent to  CLOAKING .

Pictured at top:  New crosswalk across Midland Avenue

Photos by A. Warner


 
Gung-Ho Gardener: Time to Plant the Bulbs PDF Print Email
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By Neely Bower 
 
Oct. 2, 2019:  October is a quiet time in the garden. You should be cleaning up plants that are finished for the season. Daylilies and hostas are the first that come to mind.
 
With the dry, hot weather we have had this summer, many plants are unsightly. Use your fingers to comb through the daylilies and remove the dead leaves; in some cases, there will not be much of the plant remaining--this is ok. If your hostas are turning brown, remove the dead leaves and the flower stem or cut them down and clean up the area.
 
Now that this is done, pull out your bulb catalogues. I recommend John Scheepers, which can also be found online. You can plant your bulbs anytime through the end of November, as long as the ground does not freeze.
 
Be creative this year. Daffodils are tried and true, but you may already have enough of these. Try alliums or leucojum for a change. I stay away from tulips because they usually bloom only the first year, they are smaller the second year, and then they peter out and stop blooming. Deer, squirrels, and bunnies also love tulips.

When planting your bulbs, refer to the instructions that come with them for depth and plant them in groups. Never plant bulbs individually. Dig a hole that will accommodate five or six bulbs, not touching, add a little bone meal, cover, and wait for a surprise in the spring.

Photo by N. Bower
 
Artie Lange and Staff Appear in NBC 'Today Show' Segment with the Property Brothers PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Sep. 25, 2019:  On Tuesday, September 10, Artie Lange of Arthur Lange, Inc. was part of an NBC Today Show segment with the Property Brothers to promote the brothers' new children's book Builder Brothers.

Artie met Jonathan and Drew Scott (the Property Brothers) three years ago when his construction company, Arthur Lange Inc., participated in four episodes of Property Brothers Buying & Selling on HGTV. The shows were a big success, and Artie and the Scotts have stayed in close touch.

To help promote their new children's book, the Scott brothers requested that Artie and his staff create matching derby cars to be used in a race in which NBC morning anchors' cars were pushed by the brothers in a race. 

When asked what he liked most about the event, Artie said, “I think it was classy of Jonathan and Drew Scott to invite me on the plaza of the Today Show to watch the event close up. It was a close second to the shout-out on national TV. I truly enjoyed the experience.”

Click here to see a video of the race.  You’ll hear Drew Scott of the Property Brothers thank Artie and his team for their help building the cars.

Pictured here:  Artie Lange and Jonathan Scott.

Photos courtesy Artie Lange







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