By Liza Mindemann, Stuyvesant Cove Park manager
In an effort to add some green to Second Avenue, Stuyvesant Cove Park, which is managed by Solar One, recently partnered with Epiphany Church to fill unclaimed street planters at the corner of Second Ave and 22nd Street.
Stuy Cove supplied the plants, carefully dug and potted by community volunteers from areas where the park’s plants were spreading too aggressively, while the church offered to take over the maintenance and watering of the planters going forward. The two parties jointly organized a volunteer event around planting day and with the help of Baird Johnson, a volunteer and also a member of the Boy Scouts, the soil in the planters was replenished with compost from Stuy Cove and filled with an array of native plants, curated to bloom throughout the season.
Native plants have the tendency to look messy and wild and that may challenge traditional ideas about what a street planter should look like.
Part of this project was aimed at familiarizing New Yorkers with the identities of plants, which at one time were common knowledge.
Each species of plant in the planters is hand labeled by common and Latin name to encourage the curious observers to connect and get to know it better.
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