West 104th Street Garden

July 25, 2013

Five Smooth Stones – An Interactive Art Project

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Five Smooth Stones

  1. First, consider the frame and the space in contains.
  2. Arrange the five stones any way you like.

    Savor your design.

  3. Take a picture of the arrangement with you cell phone other digital device/camera.
  4. Send the image to:west104gardenart@gmail.com
  5. Leave the stones where they will remain until the next participant rearranges them.

All the images taken for this project will be gathered and presented together on a digital quilt on August 2013. Look for it at:


What can you do with five smooth stones?
What can you create?

1 Samuel 17:40


July 10, 2013

Saturday July 13: Green Thumb Garden Festival

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The team from GreenThumb invites you to join them this Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building in Harlem for the 2013 GreenThumb Summer Festival!

This festival serves to recognize and celebrate GreenThumb community gardeners throughout New York City. Co-sponsored by New York State Assembly Member Keith L.T. Wright and NYC Council Member Inez Dickens, our greening partners for this event include: Circle of Brothers, Project Harmony, Green Guerillas, GrowNYC, New York Restoration Project, NYC Community Garden Coalition, Black Urban Growers, Boswyck Farms, Citizens Committee for NY, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Community Environmental Center, Food Bank for New York City, Hip Hop Public Health, Manhattanville Houses Resident Green Committee, NYC Compost Project in Manhattan, Corbin Hill Farms, Heritage Rose Foundation, and Casa De Frela.

We will have live music and dance, radio station WBLS on site as well as raffle prizes.  Additionally, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, food demonstrations as well as a full size garden on display courtesy of the Urban Garden Center. Come meet GreenThumb’s many partner organizations and learn about the resources we offer to help New Yorkers grow successful urban gardens.  

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email Roland Chouloute of GreenThumb at Roland.Chouloute@parks.nyc.gov. We hope to see you there!

Deputy Commissioner Larry Scott Blackmon

July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!

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As a reminder of upcoming events:
July 4th  – 4th of July Potluck at the garden (If it doesn’t rain) starting at 1pm. Bring something and share with your fellow gardeners.
July 11th (Next Wednesday) Working day 6pm to 8pm.
July 14th  Join us! 2nd Flea Market of the Season. Please find attached the promo in two versions. Feel free to help us spread the word by printing a copy and post it in a visible area of your building. Thank you!
Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!
(Membership Coordinator)

Workday Meeting Minutes for June 8, 2013

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June 8, 2013 Workday Minutes
[Craig led the meeting/workday for Katy in the garden]

SC members in attendance (2) – Craig, Ann

–Beekeeper Elaine Mathews gave a report on our bees. The hive is thriving, which signals that the bees like their queen. Bees are busy making honey (most of which they will need for winter their first year)–and babies. Elaine checks the hive once a week and will send a message before she will be there, via Ann or Sumana, so that interested gardeners can observe her work.

–Noreen has resigned from the Steering Committee, due to an overload of work and grad school commitments. Craig invited gardeners to volunteer for her position. SC will follow up with email to members.

–NWCPMBA meeting 7:00 pm Monday June 10 at Schneider Apts, with focus on city parks. Garden member Victor Calise will be a featured speaker. Parks Department has tentatively offered to hold Shape Up classes in the Garden.

–All individual beds have been assigned. (Some may appear bare because seeds have not sprouted.)

–Flea Market was a success, despite low attendance: $441 profit.

–West Garden Art Installation–Five Smooth Rocks–proposed. Artist will construct frame filled with wood chips, provide 5 smooth stones, and invite Garden members and visitors to arrange the stones as they like, then take and submit a photograph. Photos will be arranged as a collage. Vote: a large majority of members approved the project.

–Weeding: Due to recent rains, the Garden is overgrown with weeds. Members asked to take some time to weed whenever they come to the garden and to weed around their individual beds.

–Paul and Craig led rock project to repair and extend the cat terrace with good results.

–Decrepit bulletin board on the West garden fence was removed.

–Ann managed a productive crew on the west side weeding and working the soil around the rose garden.

–Guy rebuilt a broken plot frame in the East garden.

–East garden big gate was checked to confirm opening direction for truck deliveries; East gate swings out, West gate swings in. No corrections needed.

–Mary Kelly managed a crew to clear loose stones from the newly laid path on the far east border to the space between the sheds. Adjustments were made to insure they were safely stacked, but there is still some concern re: safety for children. To be reviewed and reassessed.

Thanks all who participated.

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