Autumn In Our Park
By Mary J. Beierle
It was 7:30 on a cool, cloudy Saturday morning, October 18, 2003,
but that-ever-present band of three, the Katharine Hepburn Garden
Committee, Millie Margiotta, Jerry Marks and Chairperson, Mary Beierle
were there. The plants were coming and they eagerly awaited the
arrival of almost 1000 plants from Bissett Nurseries on Long Island.
Duke Sofield of Cityscape and his crew of three were on hand to
assist with the monumental task of "digging-in" the larger
shrubs. There were aucuba, sweet spire, leucothoe, holly, euonymus
and mountain laurel. While Chairperson Mary selected the sites
for planting, the men commenced digging.
In response to a plea for assistance during "It's My Park
Day", several volunteers from the community stood ready to
plant hosta, fern, epimedium, liriope and the legendary daffodil
bulbs. The volunteers were Barbara Safranek, Mary Sanders,
Jutta Goettocher, Bob Cowan, and Elizabeth and Kathleen Grossich.
Even Assemblyman Jonathan Bing and associates Jonathan Federico
and Dan Garonick joined the team to "dig in."
Fresh bagels, drinks and sandwiches from The Patio were available
for the volunteers.
Progress on the planting halted when NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian
Benepe and Manhattan Parks Commissioner William Castro surprised
everyone with a visit. They were accompanied by several Parks
officials and members of Partnership for Parks, who sponsored the
city-wide event. After the illustrated photo shoot, everyone
went right back to work.
The Katharine Hepburn Garden Committee worked into the evening
hours cleaning up from the undertaking and returned Sunday to spread
30 bags of shredded mulch around the newly planted perennials in
the outer beds. Two weeks later, 30 yards of composted mulch
was blown into the garden to nurture and protect all the plants
during the winter months. Take a stroll through the garden
sometime and reap the rewards of all the volunteers' labor.
If you are interested in volunteering for work in our garden, please
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