Posts Tagged ‘Farm’

“The charm of natural scenery is an influence of the highest curative value”-Frederick Law Olmstead

My blog today takes a slightly somber turn in light of the tenth anniversary of the horrific events that occurred on September 11, 2001.  As I’m sure most people are aware,a public space is being created at the site of the World Trade Centers to honor those who were lost on that fateful day.

Proposed finished view of the 9/11 Memorial.

The 9/11 memorial park contains water features in the footprints of the buildings surrounded by hundreds of locally grown Swamp Oaks (Quercus palustris). Over 200 of the Oak Trees will  be in place for the dedication service on Sunday and another 200 trees will fill the space when the project is complete.  The overall effect will be a peaceful grove of trees offering a place of quiet to remember loved ones.

400 swamp oaks getting ready for installation.

Swamp oaks were a deliberate choice in for this park.  Climbing up to 75′ in height, they are extremely hardy and can survive for over 3o0 years.  These oaks have a beautiful, rich russet brown fall foliage that will envelope the Memorial in October through the winter.  They are currently being grown and cared for in New Jersey by Bartlett Tree Experts.

The planting of trees as a memorial tribute has grown in popularity because of the lasting dedication a tree provides.  A single tree can serve as remembrance for several generations to come with the proper care.  Humans have an innate tendency to gravitate towards the serenity of nature during difficult times.

Though the dedication service is scheduled for this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 the memorial will only open for the public on September 12. For more information on the 9/11 Memorial Park, visit their website at www.911memorial.org.

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Brook Lawn Farm Market, Outbuildings

Forgive me for diverging from my focus on urban gardens and rooftops, but I must share some photos from my visit to Pennsylvania this past weekend. It does in fact tie into the work I do here in New York City. My parents own and operate Brook Lawn Farm Market in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The farm was started by my grandparents who purchased the land in the heart of Lancaster when they were married.

Click here for more info: http://agmap.psu.edu/Businesses/1218  They grow the best peaches and sweet corn in Lancaster. The farm is strictly produce, and is the reason I participated in 4-H as a youngster.

For the past two years I transported fall pumpkins, gourds and decorations from Brook Lawn into NYC to jazz up my client’s gardens in Autumn. The fall colors and textures really enhance the gardens at a time of year when they start to look drab. This is also an excellent way to bring interest into shady backyards which cannot support the typical mums or other fall annuals which still need sunlight to look good. While I was in Lancaster this weekend, I snapped some shots of baby pumpkins and gourds. It is amazing to watch them forming on the vines as the blossoms fade. Brook Lawn saves the seeds of the best gourds and pumpkins every year and have established an amazing collection of things you cannot find anywhere else.  

Blossoms on Pumpkin Plants

Jeffrey Erb Hunting for Pumpkins

Baby Gourd

Baby Snake Gourd, Will Grow to 3' Long


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