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Bronxville Beautification Garden Party Coming Up in June PDF Print Email

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By Maggie Monahan-Bopp, Member, Bronxville Beautification Council

May 22, 2019:  On Sunday, June 9, from 4:00 to 6:00, the Bronxville Beautification Council (the "BBC") will be holding its second biannual garden party. The concept of mingling with friends, neighbors, and other garden enthusiasts while sampling hors d’oeuvres and summer cocktails in the atmosphere of a beautiful Bronxville garden was conceived in 2017. This year, local landscape designer Jennifer Colao and her husband, Andrew Colao, have offered the use of their exceptional historical garden on Beechwood Road as the venue for the event. Students will provide chamber music as guests explore the garden. 

The Colaos' garden is no ordinary one. The house on Beechwood was built by Louise Beebe Wilder, who ranks among the 20th century’s greatest horticulturists. Author of over ten books on the subject, including Adventures in a Suburban Garden (1931), written specifically about the Beechwood garden, Wilder is considered by many to be America’s greatest garden writer. Wilder and her architect husband designed and built the house around 1922. Wilder transformed the wild, one-acre property into a Garden of Eden, with a long grape arbor and stone pillars that still stand today (though most of those, along with the rest of the garden, have been reconstructed by the Colao family). Wilder also designed the landscaping around Bronxville’s railroad station, a project maintained today by the BBC.

For further information or to purchase tickets for the garden party, email  CLOAKING or call 414-232-9998. Proceeds go to the BBC, a nonprofit volunteer organization that maintains numerous beautification projects in the business district of Bronxville, including the banks of the railroad underpass, the circle near Lawrence Hospital, and the beautiful flower-filled triangles and new pots on Pondfield Road.  Please join the BBC on the afternoon of June 9 and help us keep Bronxville beautiful.

Pictured here: The Colaos' garden.

Photo courtesy the Colao family

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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 

 

 
Bronxville in Bloom: A Pictorial by Neely Bower and Allaire Warner PDF Print Email

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By N. Bower and A. Warner

May 15, 2019:  MyhometownBronxville photographers Neely Bower and Allaire Warner capture the beauty of Bronxville in spring in the photos below.  

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Boulder Ledge Garden Club Makes Bicentennial Park Sparkle for the Summer Season PDF Print Email

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By Liz Hoskinson, Member, Boulder Ledge Garden Club

May 8, 2019:  Members of the Boulder Ledge Garden Club (“BLGC”) gathered on April 23 to help Bicentennial Park sparkle for the upcoming summer season. On the corner of Pondfield Road and Meadow Avenue in Bronxville, the park is one of seven parks strategically located throughout the Village of Bronxville, offering a lovely respite at any time of day. 

BLGC members jumped right in, with top guidance provided once again by Ani Adishian, who not only serves as horticulturalist for Sarah Lawrence College and other properties but served as the little park’s landscaper back in 2012, when it went through an update that was completed in 2014.   

BLGC members weeded out the tulip and daffodil beds, re-shaped the spirea and rose bushes, lopped tree branches, and generally tended to the wide variety of plants that populate the 40-year-old park. Ani provided excellent gardening tips, such as the value of judiciously thinning out the hedges, which can allow air and light to penetrate and promote healthy growth. 

Everyone also took a moment to admire the two new native-species red maples recently planted adjacent to the park on Meadow Avenue. These trees were purchased by BLGC to assist the village to replace trees lost to recent storms.  

After a nearly two-hour effort, Bicentennial Park was cleaned up, with all the plants looking healthy and happy and BLGC members pleased with their contribution to the upkeep and aesthetics of the village.  

Pictured here (L to R): Ani Adishian, Marty Meserole, Lisa Harrington, Jane Scotti, Gloria Bisaccia, Lisa Purdy, Elisabeth Holland, Liz Hoskinson, Susan Bettino, Eileen Marshall, Bea Welch, Wendy Murphy, and Ann Bernstein. 

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 therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.
 
New Hedges and Bricks on Midland Avenue Median PDF Print Email

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By Staff

May 1, 2019:  Did you notice the new hedges and bricks on the Midland Avenue median? 

The new hedges were planted last week and paid for by Con Edison, who dug them up last year when they replaced an old 12-inch cast-iron main under Midland Avenue with a new 16-inch steel main. Jim Palmer, Bronxville Village Administrator, mentioned at that time that the new main was needed “to satisfy additional gas demands in the village.” 

You also may have noticed that there are new yellow bricks on either side of the hedges. According to Palmer, these bricks were purchased when the Bronxville Historical Conservancy and the village rebuilt one of the yellow brick roads on the Hilltop in 2016. Palmer noted that the hedges on Midland “act as a traffic-calming measure and the bricks provide greater visibility ... something asked for by our residents.”

Palmer also noted that the village still has the old bricks from the Hilltop brick road and will use them to repair existing sections of the other brick roads on the Hilltop.

Pictured here:  Hedges and new brick on Midland Avenue median.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Gung-Hoe Gardener: Time to Focus on What to Plant this Spring PDF Print Email

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By Neely Bower


Apr. 24, 2019:  I hope you are all enjoying the daffodils that I suggested you plant last fall. While you are doing that, it is time to focus on when and what to plant this spring. Here are a few things to keep in mind and where to go for the best advice. I would suggest the home gardening page of the Cornell Cooperative Extension website. You can learn many things about gardening and maybe even a little botanical Latin. 

The first thing to learn is the hardiness zone of your area. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map divides the country into zones based on the average annual minimum winter temperature. Hardiness describes a plant's ability to survive in different temperatures, and the hardiness zones are used by gardeners to ascertain where different plants would grow best. The zone here in Bronxville is the first thing to learn. If you plant too early or too late for our zone, the plant will not thrive. Our zone is 7-8. This has changed over the years because of global warming. There is an area at the New York Botanical Garden called the “Lady’s Border” that grows many plants and shrubs that are not usually hardy here but have become so with zone changes, such as certain camellias and magnolias. 

You are on your own for purchasing plants for your new garden. I find the cheaper the better unless the plant is damaged or has bugs. I do not recommend starting from seed unless you have a greenhouse. Then you would already know more than I do. If you purchase plants from Stew Leonard's or Home Depot, check with Cornell Cooperative Extension first because those stores are apt to put plants out too soon.

Pictured here: Flowering quince from my garden on April 14.

Photo by N. Bower

 

 

 
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