Location: New York University. Meet at Schwartz Plaza, on the East Side of Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, Manhattan.

George Reis, NYU Landscaping Supervisor, installs some ferns in the NYU Native Woodland Garden.
George Reis, NYU Landscaping Supervisor, installs some ferns in the NYU Native Woodland Garden.

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Time: Saturday, May 17th, 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Location: New York University. Meet at Schwartz Plaza, on the East Side of Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, Manhattan.

Guides: George Reis, NYU Landscaping Supervisor and Darrel Morrison, FASLA, garden designer

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Description: The NYU Native Woodland Garden, a legacy gift of NYU's Class of 2008, was first planted in 2009 to mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in New York Harbor when European settlement of Manhattan began. Selecting from a plant list compiled by the Mannahatta Project, designer Darrel Morrison created a planting plan to evoke the plant communities that thrived on Manhattan before the introduction of exotic species began 400 years ago. The 2,200 square foot garden features beautiful understory shrubs such as ironwood (Carpinus caroliniana), Juneberry (Amelanchier canadensis), ferns, sedges, forbs, and landforms to create a stylized version of a native Manhattan woodland.

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About the NYU Native Woodland Garden:

“All 39 species planted so far and remaining to be planted as part of this project are believed by the Mannahatta Project to have been present on Manhattan Island before European settlement in 1609,” explains Reis. “The ultimate aim of the garden is educational; we want to be available for teaching, research and community service. We want this to be available as an urban ecology project to learn what are the native plants which work best in the city,” said Reis.

Darrel Morrison, FASLA, recipient of the 2006 Landscape Designer Award of the American Horticultural Society, is the gardens designer.

The Garden was funded by a gift from the NYU Class of 2008 in association with the NYU Garden Shop, the Wildlife Conservation Societys Mannahatta Project, and The Henry Hudson 400 Foundation.

 


Mannahatta-themed Native Woodland Garden in Schwartz Plaza

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