Randalls Island Park Alliance

Celebrate: Wildflower Week

In Wildflower Medow on May 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Randall’s Island Wildfower Meadows
Freshwater Wildflower Meadow
Hell Gate Wildflower Meadow

WHY WILDFLOWERS?
“Indigenous plants – including wildflowers – play a critical role in promoting local biodiversity, supplying food and habitat for native wildlife, and creating a sense of place.  NYC has already lost more than 40% of our native flora.”  NYC Wildfower Week

Wildflowers do much more than add beauty to the landscape. They help conserve water, reduce mowing costs, provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, protect the soil and save money on fertilizer and pesticides. Also, as Lady Bird Johnson said, native plants “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.”
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

We began planting our wildflower meadows 3 years ago.  The planting was accomplished by volunteers from organizations and corporations.  The meadows total 12,000 sq. ft.
The Hell Gate Meadow is next to Field 62 and overlooks the Harlem River, facing Astoria Park.   The Freshwater Meadow is the entry garden to the Freshwater Wetlands, diagonally across from Icahn Stadium.

Our meadows are just beginning to flower in May.  The best time to view the wildflowers are August.

I have included a plant list in this blog for the horticulturists among you that really want to know.

We are happy to organize a walk through the meadows.  Please send your request to phyllis.odessey@parks.nyc.gov.

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