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Thursday, April 28, 2011


Virginia bluebells, native dogwood, redbud in bloom, a river running in the background,
a stand of fern: wouldn't you just know that you're standing at Dykeman St. and Harlem River Drive, in that serene oasis of plants and wildlife, Swindler Cove Park?
Wander by the spread of Solomon seal, then sit yourself down to contemplate the white bleeding hearts or walk a few hundred feet to the edge of the Harlem River and watch the activity surrounding the boat house. It was completed in 2004 and floated into place. What looks serene and bucolic now was until recently an illegal dumping site, dark and dangerous until rescued by the heroic New York Restoration project founded by Bette Midler. P.S.5 adjoins this site, and part of the park plan was to incorporate a children's garden into Swindler Cove Park. Enter through arches of grape vines, admire raised beds with vegetables, an herb garden and strawberry patch and a cold frame where seedlings are being hardened off before planting.
Students from the school and from classes all over the city come to learn whence cometh their food, and to taste produce grown here.
Visit a fresh water pond, a restored wetlands, ornamental gardens. I admired containers ready for a planting of annuals, an idea ripe for home gardeners. This place not only restores the woodlands, shoreline and and wetlands, but the soul as well.
To learn more: directions, programs and visiting click here.


Georgia said...

My reaction: wow!
Thank you for profiling this wonderful park.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

L. said "What a wonderful sight with terrific pictures and lovely writing to boot. Who would have thought that a “dump” could be turned into this wonderland for kids and adults alike to enjoy".

Robin Horton/Urban Gardens said...

Such a great planter idea! thanks for sharing this tour, I need to explore that area!

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