Randalls Island Park Alliance

Turning and Twisting

In Water's Edge Garden on December 20, 2011 at 8:27 am

INTRODUCTION:  The 3/4 mile Water’s Edge Garden was planted by volunteers in 2006 and 2007 .  It includes 100,000 perennials and ornamental grasses as well as  120,000 Fall and Spring blooming bulbs.  The garden meanders in a curvilinear fashion, 6 feet at its narrowest point and 20 feet at its widest point.  Unusual drift mixtures of perennials and grasses, punctuated by shrubs for height and texture, cover the garden area. Dappled Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ and Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’ are interspersed among Aster ‘Von Stafa,’ ‘Harrington’s Pink’ and Achillea ‘Coronation Gold.’  Serendipitously, the Garden goes from sunlight to shade or the reverse depending on your entry point, echoing the play of light on the river itself.

Turning and twisting, parallel to the water’s edge, the Garden beckons the visitor.


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