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Mary Liz Mulligan: Bronxville Giving Garden is About to Bloom PDF Print Email


By Mary Liz Mulligan, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee 

Apr. 26, 2017:  Have you noticed a large pile of wood chips on the village hall lawn near the Pondfield Road/Gramatan Avenue intersection for the past couple of weeks?

Then several wooden forms arrived. Then more wooden forms accumulated. All 19 of the raised beds have been built and are now in place, resting on fabric. Next week, the soil/compost will arrive and the final building stage, fencing, will go up very soon thereafter. The planning and implementation and actual physical work to get to this point have taken a large team and many months, but we are almost at the finish line! 

Mayor Marvin and I attended an incredibly informative expo, Bedford2020, a few weeks ago and were amazed at the magnitude of hunger in our country. It is estimated that 14.3 percent of our country is "food insecure," which is defined as living without reliable access to affordable nutritious food. In Westchester County, one of the ten richest counties in the nation, 200,000, or 1 in 5, residents fit this definition. This is simply stunning.

Dave Phillips--our Farmer Dave--is the spark behind this project. Dave spoke to Mayor Marvin about starting a community garden last year, and the mayor jumped on the idea and brought it to the Bronxville Green Committee to cultivate. Many thanks to the village and the Rotary Club of Bronxville for providing the seed money to bring this from a concept to a reality.

The Bronxville Giving Garden ("BGG") is a volunteer-based organization under the Green Committee's umbrella. We welcome residents of all ages to join us and get your hands dirty. We are also seeking volunteers to make veggie deliveries to our very local pantries in Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon, and Yonkers.

A talented local resident, Nicki Piercy Coddington, has donated her talent and is in the throes of creating a working website for us that will be user-friendly and allow you to sign up to help simply by making a few clicks. The site ( will be going live soon. There will also be guest speakers during the course of the growing season. All will be posted on the website.

I have used this expression many, many times, and it rings true again: It Takes a Village. This endeavor is no exception. Involved to date were Mayor Mary Marvin; the village trustees; the village administrator, Jim Palmer; DPW Superintendent Wayne Ballard; treasurer Lori Voss; the DPW staff; and, of course, Farmer Dave and several of his buddies; and webmaster, Nicki Piercy Coddington.

Please keep an eye out for and join us! 

Pictured here:  Nicki Piercy Coddington and Farmer Dave Phillips.

Photo by Mary Liz Mulligan, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee

Bronxville Native Alejandro Saralegui to Speak at Boulder Ledge Garden Club Tuesday, March 7 PDF Print Email


By Lois Brocia, Corresponding Secretary, Boulder Ledge Garden Club

Mar. 1, 2017:  The annual open meeting of the Boulder Ledge Garden Club will be held at the Bronxville Library on Tuesday, March 7, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. 

The guest lecturer will be Alejandro Saralegui, director of the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, New York. Alejandro was born and bred in Bronxville. 

Madoo, a two-acre public garden, is noted for both its design and its plantsmanship.  

Refreshments will be served following the meeting. Garden enthusiasts are welcome!

Pictured here:  A daffodil taken in a previous year.

Photo by N. Bower

Fall Means Falling Leaves...LOTS of Them! PDF Print Email

By Mary Liz Mulligan, Chairman, Bronxville Green Committee 

Nov. 4, 2015:  The Village of Bronxville and the Bronxville Green Committee encourage all property owners, residents, and condominium and cooperative managers and boards to "love 'em & leave 'em" to help reduce the costs of unnecessary leaf collection and disposal and to help make optimal use of this rich organic resource by mulching or composting leaves on their own property. The Village of Bronxville and the Bronxville schools have been using this technique since the fall of 2011 and are very pleased with every aspect, especially their lush lawns.  

The Village of Irvington took the lead on this process several years ago. Its website has more information, but a concise version of the information can be found in the following link:

The following points of interest all add up to a healthier, safer, and more nutrient-rich environment while also helping to lower taxes. 

  • Significant reduction in the costs to the village for leaf collection and disposal via reduction in tipping fees (charged by the county for disposal of the village's leaves, currently $33,000+), fuel usage, and department of public works crew effort. The village's leaf removal and disposal costs are annually around $110,000.

  • Reduction of flooding risk resulting from clogged storm drains, as well as diminishment of the cost to the village of clearing clogged drains.

  • Reduction of the traffic hazard caused by piles of leaves in roadways.

  • Reduction in heavy DPW vehicle traffic related to leaf collection in neighborhoods.

  • Reduced phosphate runoff into our waterways from disposal of leaves in streets, resulting in improved water quality.

  • Improved quality and health of turf, as on-site mulching improves the capacity of soil to absorb water and germinate seed.

  • Improved resiliency of turf and plantings through increased biological complexity in soil due to on-site leaf mulching.

  • On-site creation of free, high-quality, nutrient-rich and attractive mulch for gardens and planting areas.

  • Freeing up of municipal forces for critical work needed in our village.

As usual, this fall, the Bronxville Green Committee's love 'em & leave 'em presentation has been running on the Bronxville cable channel. Currently it is running at 5:30 pm for the next two weeks. Full schedule is at  

We hope you join in!

Working Gardeners Club Celebrates 90th Year PDF Print Email

By Eloise Morgan, Member, Working Gardeners

Jun. 3, 2015:  Bronxville's oldest garden club, the Working Gardeners, celebrated the 90th anniversary of its founding with a garden and mansion tour and lunch at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY, on Saturday, May 23. 

Founded in 1925 by Bronxville resident Louise Beebe Wilder, a still well-respected gardener and author long after her death, the club meets monthly, except in the summer, to learn from speakers on various horticultural and gardening topics. An annual tour of a regional garden marks the spring meeting. 

Fifteen club members and guests, pictured above, toured the Boscobel gardens, which were created in the 1960s in the Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical styles to complement the 1804 Federal-style mansion on the grounds. 

Boscobel's landscape features an alley of giant maples, an apple orchard, an herb garden, a formal rose garden, brick walks, and weeping cherry trees. The beautiful setting includes views of the Hudson River, Constitution Marsh, and West Point. 

Pictured here:  Working Gardeners members at Boscobel. 

Photo by N. Bower

Blue Atlas Cedar Tree Gifted to Village by Almstead Tree Company PDF Print Email

By Marie Jensen, Vice President, Bronxville Beautification Council

May 20, 2015:  In honor of National Arbor Day (April 24), the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) received a special gift from the Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Company--a blue Atlas cedar (cedrus atlantica glauca).

The tree was planted on the southwest bank of Bronxville's railroad underpass. It replaces two diseased trees that were safety hazards, an old sycamore maple and its younger companion.   

The five-year-old blue Atlas cedar will grow to be an 80-foot specimen tree, providing additional beauty to the village underpass area. Over the years, working with the BBC, Almstead has donated many hours of pruning for beautification purposes in the Bronxville business district.

Pictured here:  Gary Reetz, president of the BBC, and Mike Marks, managing arborist for Almstead.

Photo courtesy Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Company

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