Randalls Island Park Alliance


In What's in Bloom on July 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm


By Phyllis Odessey

On Saturday, June 29th, 16 volunteers came to Randall’s Island to work on a restoration project at our White Garden on Wards Island.  The White Garden has a special place in my heart.  It’s a little hidden and was here when I came to Randalls’ seven years ago.

In the last seven years, we expanded the garden, added several birch trees and planted spring blooming bulbs.

The White Garden was hit hard by Sandy.  In fact, out of all the gardens on Randalls, The Bloomberg Vols w RIPA HC in White Garden 062913 145[1] White Garden suffered the most damage.  Through an analysis of water currents and topography, we figured out that The White Garden, although on higher ground than some other gardens, the force of the water at Hell Gate was stronger than say the Water’s Edge Garden.

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We also planted salt and drought tolerant plants, which we hope we last many years.  In addition, we expanded the birch tree forest, which is underplanted with bluebells.

Here is the list of new plants:
Dicentra spectablis ‘Alba’
Epimedium x ‘Niveum’
Galium odoratum
Lamium m. ‘White Nancy’
Polygonatum s. ‘Variegatum’

Bloomberg volunteers planted a total of 800 plants.  Stop by and The White Garden and see what’s growing.
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