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A recap of the year so far!

When the season gets going I have a million things on my mind.  I'm watching the temperature and getting all the pruning done while plants are still dormant, I'm planning where to move plants, which to start from seed, which to fertilize, and much more.  Unfortunately, this blog has suffered from my own multi-tasking, but I'm finally here to give you all an update on the goings on at Roger Morris Park!

We've had a couple of really lovely garden events this year, including a nature walk led by naturalist extraordinaire Gabriel Willow.  We witnessed the garden go silent of bird song after a hunting kestrel entered the yard; we found a lone and lost robin's egg; we talked about pollinators and native plants... it was a fun and informative way to explore the park!

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Another successful evening was spent a few weeks later releasing thousands of hungry ladybugs all over the garden.  I was so happy to teach children and adults about the "good bugs" we encourage to stick around and help out, especially this year, as it's been a tough year for fighting aphids!  The ladybugs have been working hard, and I see their efforts everyday this year.  

One of my favorite developments this year was the thorough tree pruning we were lucky to receive!  Master arborists from Almstead Tree Care came and danced amid the tree tops and removed dangerous and heavy limbs from our big oaks, elms and locusts.  While it's always hard to see trees removed, it's good to remember that trees have a life span, just like people, and we just happened to be witnessing the end of two very sick and declining elm trees.  We're lucky to have so many beautiful trees in the park currently in the prime of their lives, and we have young trees that we can watch mature and add to the landscape in years to come!  

I hope to see you in the garden soon!  There are many ways to enjoy the grounds, from garden events to yoga, to a picnic with friends.  Come say hi if you see me popping up amongst the plants!  

65 Jumel Terrace, New York, New York, 10032

(212) 923-8008

Events are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with City Council and Borough President, Gale Brewer and Councilman, Ydanis Rodriguez. 

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.