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Gung Hoe Gardener: A Carpet of Flowers on the Cliff Walk in Nantucket: See Photos PDF Print Email

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By Neely Bower

Jul. 1, 2020: An early summer stroll on Cliff Walk in ‘Sconset, Nantucket, reveals a carpet of early flowers. Cliff Walk is considered one of the most scenic paths on the island.

In these pictures, you see the familiar Dames Rocket in pink and white, and a yellow Bushy Rockrose. Walking further down the path, which passes by private front yards, there is Nepeta (catmint), Rosa Rugosa, and lots of wild rambling Rose.

When I revisit this path in July and August, there will be a new vista with many new plants, mostly wild and indigenous to the area.

Below are photos from the stroll.

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Photos by N. Bower

 
Bronxville Giving Garden Having Most Important Season Ever PDF Print Email

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By Mary Liz Mulligan, Director, Bronxville Giving Garden

Jun. 17, 2020: We all have our own off-the-wall sagas about the twists and turns we have navigated during the past three months. The Bronxville Giving Garden (BGG) is no exception.

When the pandemic stormed the world in early spring, Bronxville Giving Garden's Farmer Dave Phillips, who plays the bass in Book of Mormon, headed out to California to be with his wife, a Broadway performer, who was tending to her Mom. 

Broadway was shuttered along with all non-essential businesses throughout the rest of the world. Dave contacted me when it became evident that nothing would be 'normal' for months and said he was staying in CA at least through the summer. 

I told him I totally understood, and he had my blessing (not that he needed it!). I then asked him if he could please find me a farmer to manage the Bronxville Giving Garden since that 'specialty' is not in my wheelhouse! Panic set in for me. Dave, being Dave, resolved the issue with lightning speed.

Enter Farmer Vin Spadafora.

Vin is no stranger to the Bronxville Giving Garden. He shadowed Dave last season to learn more about his new passion - - gardens, in particular, giving gardens! 

This passion is second to his wife and two young boys, who Vin is homeschooling during this crisis. Vin has been a lifesaver and is a total workhorse. Vin, Dr. Manu, and Meredith, all Pelham residents, have managed to get the Bronxville Giving Garden cleaned up. They repaired busted pipes, secured starter plants, seeds, and compost, and purchased a couple of needed tools. The Bronxville Giving Garden is now planted to capacity! Impressive and also right on schedule.

That is the feel-good part of the story of the BGG this year. The serious part is that the pandemic has severely compounded the need to help those experiencing food insecurity. What has been an extremely serious situation for years, is now gaining worldwide attention and, finally, worldwide action. Our next-door neighbors in Tuckahoe and Mount Vernon are no exception. We have needy neighbors directly over the borderlines of Bronxville.

This is the most important season we have experienced, and thankfully, we have our caring crew to help us continue our support of our neighbors. We donate every vegetable harvested to ECAP in Tuckahoe for their twice a week food pantry and to the CSA in Mount Vernon. The CSA is not currently in normal operating mode because it is a gathering center. It will open as soon as allowed and will have safety protocols in place.

We usually send out an annual solicitation letter to residents every summer. This year, we are not because we don't feel it is appropriate. We, of course, always welcome any and all donations! 

Anyone can sign up for email notifications on our web site (bronxvillegivinggarden.org) and can also receive Vin's spanking new blog! Any donation checks should be issued to Village of Bronxville with BGG noted on the memo and mailed to BGG, PO Box 404, Bronxville, NY 10708.

The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe has just awarded the BGG a grant. We are most grateful. I don't know how many organizations would be able to remain viable if it weren't for the steady support of the Community Fund.

The BGG has several key individuals and organizations to acknowledge this season:

Farmers Vin, Dr. Mau, and Meredith – our heroes

Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin for her endless support

Village of Bronxville DPW for their helping hands and smiling faces

Jim Palmer, Bronxville Village Administrator, for putting up with me

The Community Fund of B-E-T for awarding us a grant

Nicki Piercy Coddington, Big Dog Design for creating & maintaining the BGG web site

Peter McCartt, Dir. of Energy Conservation & Sustainability, Westchester County for the personal donation of a composter & communication County information

The BGG operates under the umbrella of the Bronxville Green Committee(BGC). Several members of the BGC are volunteers at the BGG. During my decade-plus as BGC Chair, I befriended Peter McCartt, who now is working for Westchester County. Peter has been and is currently Chair of the Town of Eastchester Environmental Committee. He has many more notches of years in that position than I did! We have had many conversations about varied Green incentives over the years. 

I am delighted to share with you that the County is creating a new program called Planting Westchester. This program will help with awareness of the food insecurities, heat islands, soil health, tree population, vegetation by Waterways, community gardens, climate change, and health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable populations. The County is vested in promoting many Green initiatives, which are certainly sorely needed. 

Sadly, at this time, we cannot welcome volunteers or stroll-by visitors inside the BGG due to the COVID-19. When circumstances improve, and we can un-pause, we hope to resume tutorial hands-on 'classes' with local school groups of all ages and welcome our many volunteers back into the Garden. 

Please do take a stroll to the BGG and check out the progress. It is very peaceful and inspiring there, which I never thought I would say, considering it is located on the corner of Pondfield Road and Gramatan Avenue! Nature is a wonder!

In the meantime, please visit our web site (bronxvillegivinggarden.org) for tidbits of information, pictures and check out Vin's spanking-new blog! Sign up for emails. Join the team!

Pictured (left to right): Kiri Wolfe, The Community Fund, President, Farmer Vin Spadafora, Mayor Mary Marvin, Peter McCartt, Westchester County, Mary Liz Mulligan, BGG Director

Photo courtesy Bronxville Giving Garden

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.

 
Bronxville life & Style: Home Projects Edition 2020 PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot

Jun. 17, 2020:  Spring is here and it's a great time to take care of your home projects. Below are some great companies that can help!

Dordevic Architecture + Construction

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119 Pondfield Road, No. 156
Bronxville, NY 10708
CLOAKING
www.dordevic.com
office: 212.362.7332
direct: 617.821.2491

Dordevic Architecture + Construction is a specialized design firm whose core values are grounded in timeless modern design with a thoughtful approach to understanding program
and function. Our expertise ranges from luxury residential to retail and commercial. We provide clients with a full range of architecture, construction and renovation services since great spaces are the result of a collaborative effort between thoughtful designers and skilled craftsmen.

Gerry Hickey Construction ("GHC")

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HOME MAINTENANCE

-Interior Plaster and Plaster Molding Repairs
-Exterior Stucco & Home Remodeling

914-906-5984

Arthur Lange Inc.

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Arthur Lange Inc., founded in 1910, is one of Westchester's most trusted construction management and renovation firms for private residences and businesses. They know maintaining your home is important to you. Artie Lange is willing to set up a "no contact" assessment for exterior work and a follow-up consultation to discuss potential issues.  Their service technicians will work solo at private homes. Feel free to call with your "honey do" list and have one of their talented employees freshen up your exterior!

Below is their spring checklist for exterior maintenance:
-Inspect exterior for rot and paint protection
-Inspect foundation for water penetration, settlement, and cracks
-Clean gutters and inspect downspouts
-Power wash and seal deck and exterior facades to remove all growth
-Inspect roofing for warping, aging, moss, cracking and missing shingles
-Cut back any trees or shrubs touching the exterior
-Remove storm windows
-Patch and seal driveways

Office: 914-337-4422
CLOAKING
www.arthurlangeinc.com

Nature's Cradle

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Nature's Cradle was founded in 2000. It is a full service garden center that also designs, builds, and maintains landscapes. Their mission is to work with you to develop and maintain your property in a way that nurtures both you and nature. Their inspiring and innovative designs are an opportunity to connect with the earth in a beautiful and sustaining manner.

Please go and see them for all of your gardening needs and desires. They are overflowing with an abundance of annual and perennial flowering plants, bushes, herbs, and vegetables. Their knowledgeable staff can help you with Landscape Design and Build, Container Gardening, and Property Maintenance.

55 Mill Road
Eastchester, N.Y. 10709
914-779-8723
www.naturescradlenursery.com

BOKA

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Established in 1993 in New York City, BOKA's focus has been creating beautiful homes and apartments for clients. The projects range from new construction, additions, and renovations in NYC, Hamptons, Greenwich, Palm Beach, Miami, and Nashville. We have worked with the world's best interior designers, and our projects have been
published in the top design magazines and books, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, Cottages & Gardens, Luxury Home Quarterly, Robb Report.

Please contact us for a free design consultation to discuss your project.

Cel: 917-402-6774
Fax: 212.952-9790
CLOAKING
www.bokapc.com

Gutilla Contracting

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Guttilla Contracting was built on taking pride in what it does and making home owners dreams come true. Serving Bronxville for over 25 years. It is fully licensed and insured in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess County and the State of Connecticut. See their website for a complete list of services. www.guttillacontracting.com

66 Palmer Ave Suite 49a
Bronxville, NY 10708
(O) (914) 693-2132
(F) (914) 693-2133
CLOAKING
www.guttillacontracting.com




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Bronxville in Bloom Photo Gallery PDF Print Email

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By Neely Bower & Allaire Warner

May 13, 2020:  Enjoy these lovely photos of Bronxville in Bloom taken by MyhometownBronxville photographers, Neely Bower and Allaire Warner. 

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Gung Hoe Gardener: Create a Floral Arrangement With Flowers & Foliage From Your Yard PDF Print Email

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By Neely Bower

May 6, 2020: Tori Samuel grew up in Bronxville and has been working for Winston Flowers in Boston as an event planner for many years. 

She was a junior member of the Boulder Ledge Garden Club and has given two floral lectures to the Club here in Bronxville at their open meetings at the Bronxville Library. 

In a video posted on the Winston Flowers Instagram page, Tori made this beautiful floral arrangement using flowers and foliage from her (and her neighbor's) yard.

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You can do it too!

Just click on this link and it will take you to instagam. Click on the photo on Instagram to watch this video and give it a try!  Enjoy!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_iKdBvp8t2/


Pictured: Tori Samuel making a flower arrangement

Photos courtesy T. Samuel





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