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Over 250 People See 10 Beautiful Gardens on Annual Garden Tour by Bronxville Beautification Council; See Photos PDF Print Email



Jun. 18, 2014:  Was it the beautiful sunny day? Could it be that people were motivated to attend by a desire to see the Bronxville Post Office grounds get planted? Was it the lure of a trolley ride? Or was it simply the desire to spend a Sunday afternoon strolling through ten hidden gardens in Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe, followed by a wine-and-cheese social?

We can't be sure, but the stars were aligned, and more than 250 people attended the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) garden tour and purchased hundreds of raffle tickets. This year's record turnout generated more than sufficient funds to completely refurbish the grounds at the Bronxville Post Office and to cover the cost of the irrigation so that the property will be nearly self-sustaining.

As with all funds the BBC raises, the proceeds will also go toward the hanging baskets throughout the village and the plantings in the traffic circles and at the train station, just to mention a few of the ongoing BBC projects. A huge thank you goes to all who attended and to all of those who helped make it the most successful tour to date.

In case you missed the tour, included were a vegetable garden, a rock garden, a master rosarian's garden, and a garden reminiscent of a walk in the Adirondacks. There were highly manicured grounds and waterfalls. There was even a private playground that included a chef's garden. There were gardens that made you feel as if you had escaped to the country and those that demonstrated how to fully utilize every inch of your property to create a private sanctuary all your own.

The following families graciously opened their gardens to the public this year: the Colemans; the Foresters; the Jensens; the McBrides; the McVeys; the Reyes-Guerras; the Schaefers; the Seminaras; the Shah-Zions; and the Speropouloses.

The closing party was hosted at the home of Vicki and Si Ford, with food generously donated by the Odyssey Diner, wine by Topps Wine and Liquor, and flowers by Mrs. Morgan's.

Many of the local merchants donated raffle prizes, including Angelina's Restaurant, Annie Rose Nail Salon, Barbara Whitworth, Bronxville Jewelers, Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary, Haiku, Mano a Mano, Martine's Bakery, Provisions for Pets, Pure Barre, Slave to the Grind, and the Westchester Italian Cultural Center.

Other merchants sold tickets to the tour, including Antiques and Consignments, Kensington Paper, the Odyssey Diner, Mrs. Morgan's, Tryforos and Pernice, Savanna at Home, The Silk Road, and Womrath Bookshop.

Additional thanks go to the Village of Tuckahoe's Mayor Steve Ecklond and to Frank DiMarko for donating the use of Tuckahoe's trolley, to the trolley driver, Mr. Norman, for his wonderful sense of humor, and to Linda Doherty Laird, Eastchester town clerk, who helped to coordinate with organizers of Eastchester's 350th anniversary.

A huge thanks to the entire BBC for its support, most notably James Sutton, who does so many things it is impossible to enumerate and to Hershell George and his daughter Katie for designing the beautiful fliers, to Cathy Rodriguez for being my co-chair, and to the entire garden tour committee: Linda Cioffi, Marie Jensen, Anne Lemberger, Maggie Monahan, and Johanna Redpath. Very special thanks are due to Bob Persico, owner of Persico Landscaping and Irrigation, LLC, for his expertise and invaluable advice.

To see photos of the garden tour, click here: Bronxville Beautification Council Garden Tour 2014.

Pictured here (L to R):  Co-chair Meg Sunier, Maggie Monahan, and co-chair Cathy Rodriguez, organizers of this year's Bronxville Beautification Council garden tour. 

Photo by A. Warner

 
Introducing Two New Vendors at Bronxville Farmers' Market: Jake's Cakes and True Food PDF Print Email

Jun. 11, 2014:  Meet the new vendors at the Bronxville Farmers' Market:

Jake's Cakes:  One of our several new vendors is Jake's Cakes. Owner and baker Kathy Askildsen and her husband worked their organic farm in Pine Bush for ten years, but demands of raising and providing for their four children forced them to leave the farm and move upstate. Their children were all homeschooled, and three went on to reputable colleges. 

About eight years ago, their younger son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism. In attempting to get all aspects of Jake's behavior under control and trying out many theories, they went to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet for Jake, and the change was astonishing.

Kathy joined the Palisades Farmers' Market bringing her gluten-free items. Besides baked goods, there is also applesauce made from The Orchards of Concklin's apples, vegan beet hummus, spinach dip, and much more.

Another baker in the family is Jake, himself, who helps his mom every Friday to prepare all the goods brought to the Bronxville Farmers' Market.

Jake sometimes comes to the market, so please do stop by and maybe pick up a tip or two on gluten-free baking. Also, Kathy is happy to take order requests to be picked up the following week.

True Food:  The owner, chef Pamela Schulz, was a personal chef in Manhattan for many years. Finding that too demanding, Pam then shifted her focus and worked out of a commercial kitchen to prepare meals, ordered online, delivered daily to customers in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Pam moved to Rockland County and continued her Manhattan business for another two years and then shifted her catering business to Rockland County.

In 2009, Pam purchased a storefront in Nyack that has a "fast-casual" menu and is open seven days a week. Most of what True Food turns out is organic, and Pam does much of her sourcing from Blooming Hill Farm. True Food is attending six farmers' markets in Westchester, Bergen, and Rockland Counties.

True Food offers many innovative, healthy, and delicious salads, breakfast burritos, wraps, and new, creative items every week. 

Pictured here:  Kathy Askildsen of Jake's Cakes and Pamela Schulz of True Food.

Photos by Mary Liz Mulligan, Market Manager, Bronxville Farmers' Market

 
Special Garden Tour of Local Homes to Be Held Sunday, June 8, Sponsored by Bronxville Beautification Council PDF Print Email

Jun. 4, 2014:  The Bronxville Beautification Council will, once again, open the garden gates to some of the village's most beautiful outdoor spaces on Sunday, June 8, from noon to 4:00 pm.

This year, in celebration of Eastchester's 350th anniversary, the garden tour will include properties in Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe. Transportation between houses will be available, courtesy of the Tuckahoe Trolley.

The tour will feature a wide variety of gardening styles and inventive garden designs. Following the tour, there will be a wine-and-cheese party in one of the local gardens.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Savanna at Home, Mrs. Morgan's Flower Shop, Womrath Bookshop, Tryforos and Pernice Florists, Kensington Paper, and The Silk Road.

On the day of the tour, tickets and maps will be available at Bronxville Village Hall beginning at 11:30 am.

Proceeds from the garden tour are reinvested in Bronxville Beautification Council projects, such as the ongoing restoration of the village train station plaza and the area in front of the Bronxville Post Office.

The council is also behind the beautiful work at the Fountain Oval, the annual plantings throughout the village, floral baskets in the central business district, and maintenance of the green spaces that give our village its unique and charming character.

Pictured here (L to R):  Marie Jensen, Johanna Redpath, Margaret Monahan-Bopp, and Meg Sunier, members of the garden tour committee.

Photo by N. Bower

 
Bronxville Beautification Council to Host Garden Tour Sunday, June 8 PDF Print Email

May 14, 2014:  The Bronxville Beautification Council will once again open the garden gates to some of the village's most beautiful outdoor spaces on Sunday, June 8, from noon to 4:00 pm. This year, in celebration of Eastchester's 350th anniversary, the garden tour will include properties in Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe.

This year, transportation between houses will be available, courtesy of the Tuckahoe Trolley. The tour will feature a wide variety of gardening styles and inventive garden designs. Docents will be available at each of the designated gardens to answer questions and direct visitors to special points of interest (the specific addresses will not be provided to the public until the day of the tour). Following the tour will be a wine-and-cheese party in one of the local gardens. Rain or shine, come out and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

Tickets are $20.00 and are available at a number of merchants in Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester. On the day of the tour, tickets and maps will be available at Bronxville Village Hall beginning at 11:30 am.

Proceeds from the garden tour are reinvested in Bronxville Beautification Council projects, such as the ongoing restoration of the village train station plaza and its new project, the area in front of the Bronxville Post Office. It is also behind the beautiful work at the Fountain Oval, the annual plantings throughout the village, floral baskets in the central business district, and maintenance of the green spaces that give our village its unique and charming character.

So make a date to keep Bronxville beautiful. Don't miss the Bronxville Beautification Council's garden tour on June 8!

Pictured here:  Daffodils near the Bronxville train station, part of the Bronxville Beautification Council's ongoing efforts to keep Bronxville beautiful.

Photo by Katherine Sutton

 




 
Gung Hoe Gardener: Plants that Didn't Make It Through the Winter PDF Print Email

May 7, 2014:  My guess is that you have been in the garden this week deadheading the daffodils and enjoying the new spring color. Don't be surprised if you find a few plants that did not make it through this winter.

Hydrangea macrophylla, the cultivar with large blue or pink flowers, is a shrub that has been damaged by this winter but not killed. You will see new growth at the base of the shrub but almost nothing on the branches.

If there is any green, cut back to that point; if not, remove the entire branch. Make sure to prune evenly, and don't leave a few stems sticking up--remove them to match the others.

We will see, but I don't think there will be any blooms on hydrangea macrophylla this year.

There are many shrubs with brown leaves that have been burned by the cold. Just remove these.

I hope your loss is minimal; nature has a way of throwing us a curveball every once in a while.

Pictured here:  Hydrangea plant that may not survive this year.

Photo by N. Bower

 
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