Governors island horticulture, Tallahassee, Florida, March 8, 2014
(AP) Governors Island is a sand beach that’s known for its views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Now it’s also home to about 700 trees.
The island was transformed Thursday by volunteers from the Arbor Day Foundation, who dedicated a five-acre site to tree preservation.
The foundation is a private non-profit that promotes the establishment of urban and community forestry throughout the U.S.
“Giant leaved magnolia, tulip tree and callery pear,” said Martin Tschantre, President of the Foundation. “We get to plant. We get to take care of the trees, so the trees can care for us.”
Governors Island has two tree nurseries, and Tschantre says about 40 new trees will be planted. His group will pay for the trees, and sell them to governments and parks.
“The City of New York, which owns the island, just announced a small tree initiative,” Tschantre said. “In just the last week, we have talked to Queens and Staten Island who’ve already expressed an interest.”
Governors Island was developed in the 19th century as a military outpost for Fort Lafayette. The city acquired the island for parkland in 1901.
Governors Island, New York, April 17, 2013
(AP) - The city of New York and the state of New York are announcing the expansion of their Governors Island restoration and educational center in lower Manhattan.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi make the announcement Thursday at the island’s public pavilion.
The expansion will include a landscaped open space, shelter houses, visitor information center, landscaping and signage.
The garden will include native, drought-tolerant plants.
The restoration and educational center was opened in 2010 and features the American Experience, an outdoor theater featuring dramatic re-enactments of moments in U.S. history.
City Parks &, Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Schwartz says the project will not impact the island’s use as a protected park.
The island opened in 1812, when it was used as an active military outpost.
The city said in 2012 that the island is too small to accommodate the number of people visiting, and that the island needs to be managed as a park. The island is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
“The Pavilion, like Governors Island itself, is an inspiration for the City, and we hope the public will see this historic park through a new lens,” Schwartz said in a statement. “This building, which is open to the public for free, was one of the first public buildings on Governors Island, and now it serves as a testament to the island’s past.”
This latest push to restore the island has been under way for about a decade. In 2010, Gov. David Paterson created a Governors Island Restoration Board to plan for the island’s future. He also appointed Mitchell Schwartz to head up the parks department’s restoration effort.
In 2011, a nine-person council of representatives of federal, state and city agencies met on Governors Island to hash out a way forward for the island, and they approved recommendations that include a greening of the island.
In 2013, the city began a re-enactment of the battle of Fort Washington during the Revolutionary War.
Tuscany, Italy, March 24, 2014 (Catholic Online) - Gardens can teach patience and a sense of purpose in life, Italian researchers have found.
The results of a new study point to the value of gardens and gardens being part of a culture in a broader sense.
“Gardens are valued for their sense of meaning, and culture is concerned with the sense of meaning that surrounds a person and affects that person,” said Maria Angela Di Mauro, a doctor and lead researcher.
The studies of the mental and social benefits of gardens are timely, given that garden enthusiasts, including Pope Francis, are increasingly seen as significant players in society, on par with artists, scientists, and political and