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spring in the garden



{ bloodroot | Sanguinaria canadensis }

It is such a joy to see our little collection of native spring ephemerals return each year, sprightlier and more established in their places than the year before. The habitat we've created here in the heart of New York City truly feels like a tiny sylvan paradise. Even if you have a very small space, I encourage you to seek out the native plants that thrive in your conditions and give them a try. We've found enormous satisfaction in seeing our collection grow and in knowing that we're helping to restore a bit of habitat, however small, for birds and pollinators. And for our hearts, as well.

Here are a few things in bloom now...



{ rue anemone | Thalictrum thalictroides }


{ sharp-lobed hepatica | Hepatica acutiloba }


{labrador violet | Viola labradorica }

I also wanted to share a save-the-date note about our upcoming Plant & Bake Sale at 6&B Garden. We'll have seedlings and houseplants (and sweet treats!) of all sorts available for purchase at this annual fundraiser for our events program. The garden puts on hundreds of events each season, all of which are free and open to the public, including workshops for all ages, film screenings, and music and dance performances. Mark your calendars for May 12th and 13th, 11am-5pm each day. 

Hope to see you there!

And on the subject of spring botanicals, I also wanted to share a few things I've been reading lately:


wild spring foods (I shared Sophia's lovely piece over on our FB page this week, too)


forage, harvest, feast (coming out in August, but can be pre-ordered now! Marie also has many wonderful blog posts about the wild foods of New York City, here)

a helpful primer on New York spring ephemerals via the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

and make sure to visit the instagram tag #nativeplantlove for a little inspiration

I'm also thrilled to be a part of Abbe's fundraising efforts (along with an amazing group of other plant folks!) for her Skid Row Herb & Foot Care Clinic in Los Angeles. Visit her site here to purchase raffle tickets and see all the incredible prizes you could win!



grow with love,








 

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