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Sold-Out Event at Metropolitan Club Features Notable Floral Designers: See Photos PDF Print Email

By Neely Bower

Mar. 11, 2020: Many notable floral designers were at the Metropolitan Club in New York City for the sold-out British Floral Influencers Luncheon, which celebrated the life and legacy of Constance Spry, an influential British florist of the 20th century.

Spry "designed the floral arrangements for the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1937 and for Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947. Her floral creations and creative design for the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen in 1953 became the piece de resistance of her incredible career".

Each table at the event was designed by a different floral designer. Martha Stewart was an honorary guest table designer.

All the tables were all amazing, but the table where I sat with my daughter, Tori Samuel, was the most fun. At each guests' place was a headdress made out of flowers and plant material. The designer was Joshua Werber, and I promise you that you will be seeing his work in Martha Stewart's magazine, Living, in the near future.

The event was to benefit the Garden Museum of London. See photos below.

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Photos by N. Bower

Nick Guntli to Speak on Green Gardening Practices April 2, 2020 Plus Upcoming Activities of Local Garden Clubs PDF Print Email


by Ellen Edwards, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee

Mar. 11, 2020: Just in time for spring, on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Yeager Room in the Bronxville Public Library, Nick Guntli of The Horticultural Society of New York will speak on "Green Gardening Practices and Why They Matter."

This event is being co-sponsored by the Bronxville Green Committee, the Boulder Ledge Gardening Club, the Working Gardeners of Bronxville, and the Bronxville Beautification Council.

Nick Guntli is a horticulturalist at The Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY). He is also Director of HSNY's GreenTeam, a workforce training program that teaches job skills through horticulture for formerly incarcerated individuals and at-risk youth.


Nick Guntli

He has a BS from the University of Missouri in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Landscape Horticulture and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business with a focus on Sustainable Business. Nick has worked in many different facets of the green industry, including landscaping and public gardens.

Guntli's talk will give residents an opportunity to learn how making changes to their landscaping and gardening practices would have a beneficial impact on the health of their property, its surroundings, and the Bronx River, which runs through Bronxville.

Research projects conducted by students at the Bronxville High School have recently raised community awareness of the impact of local infrastructure and landscaping practices on the health of the river. The co-sponsors of the Green Gardening event hope to attract a strong turnout for this speaker on a timely subject.

The Apr. 2 event is unique in bringing together all three of Bronxville's garden clubs with the Bronxville Green Committee.

A volunteer organization, the Bronxville Green Committee works with Bronxville's local government to promote environmentally sound practices in the village.

The Green Committee runs ongoing community programs such as the Giving Garden and Take Back Day. It also proposes new programs such as food scrap collection for composting and seeks to raise public awareness of the urgent need to conserve resources and adopt environmentally sustainable ways of living.

To join our efforts, or for more information, email CLOAKING .

Upcoming Activities Of Working Gardeners

In the coming months, members of the Working Gardeners, Bronxville's oldest garden club, founded in 1925 by Louise Beebe Wilder, will hear a presentation about "Painting and Gardens" by artist Geoffrey Leckie. They will participate in a member plant swap and tour the house and gardens of Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Upcoming Activities Of Boulder Ledge Gardening Club

The Boulder Ledge Gardening Club maintains Bicentennial Park, located at the corner of Pondfield Road and Meadow Avenue.

In April and May, they will focus on a new planting design for the back section of the park, funded by a former member.

Through their Tree Fund, Boulder Ledge will also support planting new trees along streets in Bronxville's commercial downtown. This multi-year contribution, along with the village's robust tree-planting budget, helps maintain Bronxville's legacy as a community rich in trees.

Upcoming Activities Of Bronxville Beautificaion Council

This spring, the Bronxville Beautification Council will continue its work of maintaining and refreshing seasonal plantings in public areas throughout Bronxville. Their efforts help make Bronxville particularly lovely in the warmer months when flowering trees and a succession of daffodils, tulips, and other blooms delight the eye in every direction.

Pictured:  Bronxville Green Committee

Photos courtesy Bronxville Green Committee

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The Orchid Show on Display at The New York Botanical Gardens PDF Print Email


By Staff

Feb. 19, 2020:  The 18th annual Orchid Show is on display at the New York Botanical Gardens.  There are spectacular floral designs by Jeff Leatham, who is the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris.

There are thousands of orchids in beautiful colors and dramatic designs and you can see them in the day or evening. There are also a number of programs, including a talk with the designer and demonstrations about orchid care.

See below for a sneak preview of what you'll see. There photos were taken at night. 

Click here for more information. 

Orchids at The Botanical Gardens at night by N. Bower

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Local Entrepreneur Stafford Meyer Launches New E-commerce Business Porch + Hall To Solve The “Doormat Dilemma.” PDF Print Email


By Jessica Benjamin

Jan. 28, 2020:  Interior designer Stafford Meyer was frustrated she could never find a doormat to reflect the beautiful interiors she was creating for clients. So she decided to develop her own.

In order to make a stylish statement for this overlooked area of the home, the Bronxville resident started Porch + Hall, a direct-to-consumer brand that combines her design aesthetic with functionality and sustainable materials.

“First impressions matter,” says Meyer, “for both you and your visitors. You experience your entry when leaving every morning, when coming home every night. Why not make it as welcoming as your home?” 

After countless prototypes and two years of trial and error, Meyer developed The Outsider and its interior companion series, The Insider. Learning the business from the ground up, she has immersed herself in every aspect, from manufacturing to marketing. 

“It’s been a steep learning curve, with lots of hard work,” Meyer admits. “But it’s fun and fulfilling to try to disrupt an industry and change the way we think about a product.” 


Recently featured in Real Simple magazine, Porch + Hall mats can be seen adorning many Bronxville entryways (both inside and out) and have been sold in 43 states. New styles will be launched for spring 2020. 

For more information, go to or follow Porch + Hall on Instagram at porchandhall. 

Photos by John Bessler

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.


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


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.


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. 

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. 

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.


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.

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