West 104th Street Garden

February 25, 2009

Garden Member Art Show:

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 10:23 am

Anna Lise Jensen, a member of the garden, invites all members to an art exhibition (which includes art inspired by our garden.

A Lot of Possibilities, February through March, Sundays 12-4pm

Flyer for Anna Lise's show

Flyer for Anna Lise's show

kind wishes,

Anna Lise


February 13, 2009

Wood Chips Galore! Art Exhibition! And Renewal Reminder‏

Filed under: Notices — by west104garden @ 9:26 pm

Spring is just around the corner, and things are happening in the garden.

  • I spoke w. Matt Brown of the Central Park Conservancy and he kindly arranged to have wood chips delivered to our garden today. More than enough for paths, rose garden and water barrel sites. If the weather’s good and you feel inspired, please feel free to start rolling!
  • Anna Lise Jensen has curated a fascinating art exhibition, with gardens as its topic. Please see invite, sent separately.
  • If you haven’t sent in your application for this season, please do so now. If you want to keep your plot, the application should be postmarked by tomorrow, Feb. 14. If need another application, please go to our website (west104garden.org)
  • See you all soon,

    Suzanne Charle’

February 7, 2009

Winter Gardening Tips

Filed under: Gardening Tips — by west104garden @ 11:50 am

This National Gardening Association page link is for Over-Winter Maintenance.

Lucille found a good article with information about preventing plant theft from the November 2005 edition of House & Garden Magazine. Download at:

Some Tips:

Tips from Sergeant Martin Peirson, Metropolitan Police Service, London

  • Install low-voltage lights with a photocell switch that automatically illuminates all avenues of access from roads to landscape during hours of darkness.
  • Enclose the garden perimeter with a barrier of thorny plant (such as “New Scotland Yard” rose).
  • Locate valuable plants out of sight of roads.
  • Inhibit digging of valuable trees and shrubs by surrounding them with collars of heavy welded wire fencing.
  • Collars (hidden under mulch) should extend out over roots for several feet from plant; for extra security, fasten down collars at edges with hooks or concrete reinforcing bars anchored in concrete.
  • South African park police are embedding wild cycads with microchips much like those used for identification of dogs and cats. Such a system could also be effective for the identification and recovery of stolen garden plants.

Also, the Home Depot Garden Center offers a garden club with expert advice and special offers at:

Happy New Year! LM

It’s Official – We’re a Green Thumb Community Garden

Filed under: News — by west104garden @ 11:34 am

We are now officially registered as a Parks/Recreation- Green Thumb community garden for the next two years. This is very important as the original Attorney General’s Agreement expires in 2009 and all registered gardens weigh in the decision to extend this Agreement another 3 years. One of the major selling points is that these gardens will be open to the public 20 hours a week, including free special events, workdays, neighborhood group uses, etc. Open Hours are to be posted from May through October — and we have 15 of those between Wed., Sat, Sun usual schedule already. Members can submit suggestions for events we can support to offer at our Garden’s Opening Meeting in the Spring.

Also, those of you who signed the GT sheet at our Closing Meeting with your e-mail address will be receiving the GT Program Guide via e-mail this season, all else will continue to receive them and postcards from GT via regular mail.


Frank Grech for keeping our sidewalks clear! He’s been BUSY this season!

Jean Jaworek for a fulfilled 2nd Winter Solstice and Can-Do Collection! And to those who bundled up to bring food bundles!


Happy Chinese New Year to all.

Alice Tully Hall Season opens – Free and $25 tickets

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 11:05 am

From Gail Brewer — FYI, LM

In light of the financial times, these might be of interest.

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center is re-opening and tickets go on sale on February 22, 2009. Tickets are $25 for many events but there are also 4 free concerts. Free Events

These include two concerts by The Juilliard School: an all-Schubert lunchtime performance (2/25) and a Messaien program featuring the Juilliard Orchestra led by David Robertson (2/26). Two additional free events will be offered by LCPA: an afternoon concert by The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with soloist Hélène Grimaud (3/4), as well as the world premiere of Phil Kline’s Space performed by ETHEL in the grand foyer, preceding the New York, New Music, and New Hall evening (3/3).

Info: 212 721-6500; or www.LincolnCenter.org

The Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet. Go to their websites for information (most New Yorkers already know about these opportunities!).

Seed Planting and More

Filed under: Gardening Tips — by west104garden @ 11:03 am

FYI — when thinking about your spring planting plans. LM

The Floyd Bennett Gardens, the largest community garden in nyc, continues to post interesting garden info it their newsletter. From time to time I will repost info here:

In this issue–Time to Think About Getting Your Hands Dirty ‹‹Attracting Butterflies and Other Pollinators

There are gardeners who plant only crops of vegetables and then there are those who know the importance of balancing both worlds. This year, think about planting your usual and then expand and create an environment that helps you, the birds and the rest of the wonderful world of pollinators. Remember, without them we are nothing!
Happy Gardening-JW

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