A stylized recreation of a woodland you would have found on Manhattan Island before European settlement started in 1609. This garden was the Legacy Gift of the Class of 2008 and coincided with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson in New York Harbor. The plant list was provided by the Mannahatta Project, now renamed the Weilikia Project.
Every year since 2007, Coles has been the site of a dazzling display of several thousand tulips which flower in conjunction the Kwanzan cherry trees on Bleecker Street. This area is also home to a collection of Japanese camellias and a native meadow planting which replaced lawn in 2007.
This 3,700 square foot un-irrigated green roof features a wide variety of plants not typically seen on green roofs: Wild Columbine, Goldenrod, Moss Phlox, Corsican Violet, and even chives are just a few of the plants that grace this roof bordering Washington Square Park.
Since 2007, NYU Landscaping has planted 13,000 square feet of mixed garden beds on Bleecker Street featuring more than 50 species of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and bulbs. Many of these plants were organically grown in the gardens of Battery Park and transplanted at Bleecker Street.
This 13,000 square foot plaza was built in 2010 atop NYU’s state of the art Cogeneration Plant. Plantings include a collection of native trees like Tulip trees, Sweetgum, and Willow Oaks, along with a variety of native shrubs, perennials, and grasses such as Witch Hazel, Rose Mallow, and Switchgrass.
This 8,000 square foot courtyard garden serves as the entrance to the Graduate School of Arts and Science and the faculty residences of 7-13 Washington Square North. This garden is currently undergoing a renovation to introduce new shrubs, perennials, and bulbs for year round interest.
To protect street trees that face NYU buildings and beautify the sidewalks, NYU has begun a project to install iron tree guards in treepits around campus.
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George P. Reis, M.S.L.D. , Supervisor of Sustainable Landscaping, holds a B.A. in Portuguese from NYU’s College of Arts and Science (’10) and a Master of Science in Landscape Design from Columbia University (’13). George came to NYU as a gardener in 1995, studied horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and is NOFA-certified in Organic Landcare. Each year, George lectures on sustainable landscaping methods to the Environmental Systems Science class in NYU’s Department of Environmental Studies.
Michael Begasse has been a Groundskeeper at NYU for 25 years, making him a familiar face to the University community.
A periodic feature of NYU’s news website which highlights a particular plant or group of plants that can be seen here at NYU. NYU Plant of the Week aims to show that the University community’s diverse student population is matched by the biodiversity of its green spaces.
Since 2008, NYU Landscaping has adhered to NOFA Standards for Organic Landcare, our region premier set of standards and guidelines assuring ecologically sound practices in the design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable outdoor sites. For example, instead of using imidichloprid, one of the class of pesticides implicated in bee colony collapse, on a scale infestation of a shingle oak tree, we took some extra time and effort to simply powerwash the insects off the tree with water.
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In response to superstorm Sandy, NYU commissioned a campus wide tree inventory and risk assessment of over 700 trees on and adjacent to NYU properties. We now have a wealth of data which will be used to manage the NYU’s Urban Forest.
This tree, provided by NYU’s Center for Student Activites, Leadership, & Service, was planted in the Silver Towers Oak Grove on September 7, 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11. The tree species, Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak), is the same species employed in the park of the National 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
Sedges are grass-like plants that are native to our region, and also native to Manhattan island. One species in particular, Oak Sedge, has caught the attention of designers as a possible lawn substitute for certain types of areas. We’re currently evaluating Oak Sedge at various NYU sites and the results so far are promising.
The Oak Grove is a half-acre site on the north side of the Silver Towers complex. It features 22 native species of oak trees including Willow oak, Red oak, and Swamp White oak This site is unique in Greenwich Village for the large number of mature, native trees.