Randalls Island Park Alliance

What To Wear To The Electric Zoo

In General Plants, New Ideas and Expansions on August 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

By Phyllis Odessey

Aimee Boden, Executive Director of Randall’s Island Park Alliance is my boss and she has an eye for detail.

In an email a couple of days ago, Aimee asked us to create a planting at the flagpole, which greets visitors to The Electric Zoo Festival.  This festival begins on Friday, August 31 through Sunday September 2.

The Electric Zoo is known for all genres of electronic music, bringing international DGs and live acts from multiple countries.  We’ve been watching as the preparations for the festival have come together.  Bright colors are de rigeur.

What does this have to do with gardening?

When you are planning to create containers for an event, one of the primary considerations is the color palette.  We had intended to fill the flagpole “containers,” which are 12 ft. across with mums.  But when we went to the nursery, the mums had little color, which is great if you using them two weeks from today, but not so good for this coming weekend.   We looked around, put our thinking caps on, asked the owner of nursery for some suggestions and put together the following.


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