Pitchforks (and hydrant wrenches) aloft!

Flower Power! We are neighbors who are interested in bringing some botanical beauty to the bike-lane
tree pits so we have persuaded the city to allow us to garden there unimpeded. Anyone is welcome to
join at any level of involvement. There are no dues and no formal meetings; Just a desire to keep
Chelsea tree-lined and flower-filled. Join us!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Three Hour Tour!

Our little group was looking fresh and enthusiastic at the start of our 13-block, 3-hour tour of the bicycle-lane tree pit gardens. I will download the rest of the photos in a day or two. Check back to see how we fared.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 Chelsea Garden Club Tour-Part I

Let's all get together to view the beautiful bicycle-lane tree pits along Ninth Avenue as well as meet our newest gardeners, celebrate the flowers, and curse the weeds, theft and vandalism. We can walk Eight Avenue at a later date or, if everyone is feeling frisky, walk both Eighth and Ninth on the same day. Here are the details: The Chelsea Garden Club Pit Tour (Ninth Avenue leg) is on Saturday, August 16 at 9AM. Let's meet at the pits at Ninth Ave. and 17th Street and we will then walk (slowly) North up Ninth Avenue and end at about 30th Street. See you then and Flower Power!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Free Tulip Bulbs

Ariana at the Lower East Side Ecology Center sent this:

Mark your calendars and get out your trowels -- the annual  
Park Avenue Tulip Dig starts on May 17th! Tulips can be carefully removed from the end beds on Park Avenue between 54th and 86th Streets from May 17th through the 22nd.
With proper care, Park Avenue tulips have been replanted and continue to bloom in personal and community gardens in and around New York City. To enjoy the tulips for years to come, please be sure to follow the instructions below and exercise extreme caution while on the malls:
When digging up the bulbs, do not take any soil and do not cut off the leaves. Bulbs should be stored in a dry place until the leaves have turned brittle. They can be re-planted in October or November. Use a small amount of Bulbtone-type fertilizer and be sure to choose a location that gets full sunlight.


Because of planned maintenance, please refrain from removing the bulbs from the end beds on either side of 67th and 68th Streets.  

Please send photos of your digging experience (or of your Park Avenue tulips blooming in their new home) to: barbaramclaughlin@fundforparkavenue.org.
Both the 19th and Midtown North precincts have been notified and patrols should expect to see people digging but as an added precaution, you may wish to carry a copy of this notice with you.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday April 19, 2014 Gardening Event

Please, gardeners come and help this Saturday (April 19). LESEC will be bringing in volunteers so it's important that our own gardeners help them out! Ariana needs a head count, so please be sure to RSVP to Ariana at 
(ariana@lesecologycenter.org). Here's the invite:

Hello Chelsea Gardeners!

The NYC Compost Project, hosted locally by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, is excited to be working with the Gardener's Club in the prepping of your Eighth Avenue street tree pits!

Come and lend a helping hand on SaturdayApril 19th, 2014 at 9AM.  The meeting spot will be the Northwest Corner of 8th Avenue and 30th Street.  We will be working our way down to 13th Street on 8th Avenue.  

The day will include clearing the street pits of garbage, raking up the soil that has been compacted over the winter months, and applying fresh DSNY Potting Mix.  The NYC Compost Project will be providing tools, wheelbarrows, and the DSNY Potting Mix.  We ask that you come out and help at the event, and bring along friends, family, and neighbors!  We want this event to not only be a beautification event, but a community event!

Some things to keep in mind:
- Be prepared to work in any type of weather
- Wear sturdy footwear that is comfortable
- Bring a water bottle
- Get ready to get your hands dirty!

If you are planning to come to the event, please RSVP by April 18th.  Please e-mail (ariana@lesecologycenter.org) with your RSVP including how many people you plan on bringing.

Again, we are super excited for this event and look forward to see everyone there!
Ariana Arancibia
Compost Associate

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We had a very informative meeting March 8. I wish more of you could have attended because it is so nice to see everyone and share our gardening adventures! Thanks again to Andy Fliegel for opening the doors of Callen-Lorde and hosting our group.
Now onward:
The Lower East Side Ecology Center is generously offering us help and resources (compost, mulch and volunteers) for the Eighth Avenue pits. They will hold an event TENTATIVELY on Saturday morning, April 19. So mark you calendars and tell everyone you know to come out and help. This will go a long way toward ensuring your gardens are lush and verdant this summer.
(For those on Ninth Ave. we may have another event but if you come out and help your 8th Ave. neighbors on the 19th, you can get a bag of compost!)
Flower Power,

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Is March 20th.
Hard to imagine that those piles of snow in the garden pits will EVER melt. Nevertheless, it's time to think green. We are having our pre-Sping pre-planting meeting in a few weeks. I will email the final date and location by February 20.  Stay warm and flower power!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Chelsea Garden Club Tour

You are cordially invited

to the
Second (sort-of) Annual
 Chelsea Garden Club Pit Tour
Saturday, July 13th
10 a.m.
meet at
Eighth Avenue & 22nd Street

(at our composter in front of Foragers)

We will start at 22nd and (if everyone is game, make a side trip to 23rd and 7th to Kent's gardens) then proceed South to 17th and Eighth then over to Ninth Ave and stroll north up as far as Cynthia's pit at 30th then back to Eight Ave and down finishing at 23rd.
(You might want to bring a folding chair, or your bike)

Gardeners you have three weeks
Flower Power!