MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION

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A Summer Overview!

I have been remiss in updating this blog, if only because the summer season is truly the busiest in a garden.  Here's a quick summary of the happenings during our hottest months!

-Garden Camp for children was a great success with 12 young enthusiasts.  We learned about the flora and fauna of Roger Morris Park, planted a beautiful bed of annuals, constructed our own field guides, learned to identify insects and their roles in the garden, were introduced to some early settler agriculture by wool spinning and corn crafts, and much, much more!  There was always time at the end of the hot days for a run or two through the sprinklers, too.

-Weeding and reseeding of our lawns is an ongoing project started in late summer.  Most seed mixes include an assortment of annual and perennial grasses, and you may have noticed different rates of germination in the sunken garden, the oak lawn and the other seeded areas.  Fingers crossed we can establish some good healthy roots before winter comes!

-Our garden was represented at the big 250th Birthday bash!  Our gardener and some invaluable volunteers distributed info about ongoing projects and accepted donations for next year's expenses.  The biggest purchase needed in 2016 will be a drip hose irrigation system for the rose and perennial beds around the park.  Without in-ground irrigation watering during the hot summer months is a sisyphean task, and drip hoses would make all the difference in the world!  If you're interested in donating to the fundraising goal please feel free to go to the "Donate" page on this site and specify you'd like to help out the garden fund.  Thanks a million!

65 Jumel Terrace, New York, New York, 10032

(212) 923-8008

Morris-Jumel Mansion is a proud member of the Historic House Trust of New York City
and partner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.