On Saturday, May 28, members volunteered in the garden for one of our regular Community Service Days. Gardeners swept, moved hoses, cleaned equipment, organized the sheds, planted, mulched, weeded, and more. We were joined by 9th and 10th Graders from the United Nations International School (UNIS) who spent the day helping to clean, organize, and move materials.
At the end of the afternoon, seven gardeners traveled to a garden center for plants and supplies, our second club-sponsored trip this season. Special thanks to Club Treasurer Geoffrey Kerr for arranging the transportation!
On Sunday, May 29, members of the Community Outreach Committee joined Anthony Longo for our second volunteer day at Coler Hospital. Anthony, Julia Ferguson, and Robert Ostergaard spent the day renovating and remodeling a container garden for Coler Residents.
Earth Day 2018
on Earth Day, Sunday, April 23.
Garden Club Members should see the flier in the shed and on the garden gate for information on next week’s annual shopping expedition.
Also on Sunday, the Outreach and Publicity Committee took a group of gardeners to Coler Hospital to clean up and plant in one of the hospital’s gardens. Julia Ferguson, Karen Lee, Neal Weissman, and Robert Ostergaard spent several hours working in a garden adjacent to the hospital’s memory care unit, so residents there will be able to enjoy the space this summer and beyond.
They were joined by Anthony Longo, who is planning next Sunday’s Coler visit, when the Garden Club will be working to rehabilitate a large container garden.
The partnership between Coler and the Roosevelt Island Garden Club was formed late last summer, when a Coler resident was visiting our garden and struck up a conversation with Anthony. Through this conversation, the Garden Club learned that Coler’s gardens were in need of attention and care.
Garden Club members who are interested in volunteering at Coler Hospital Sunday, April 29 (or other dates this summer) or who have plants they'd like to donate, can contact Robert Ostergaard at email@example.com
Rose Garden News
2017 was a hard year for our Rose Garden as Marjorie Marcallino, Michael Biagenak, the Rose Garden Committee and others had to battle rose rosette disease. This mite is contagious and the only way to fight it is to remove infected bushes, which RIGC had to do in large numbers. In total, about 15 beautiful, mature rose bushes were removed.
After this winter season and with constant checking to avoid re-infection of this mite, the roses will be replaced this spring. At the January Board meeting, a priority was set to upgrade any aging wood borders in the rose garden. This effort began in full this week. Anthony Longo is working with Marjorie Marcallino and Michael Biagenak alongside Neal Weissman, Johan Marfey, Kwasi Long, and Julia Ferguson. The goal is to complete this project by April and the planting season.
With grey skies and intermittent sunshine, the day was long and filled with good work. It was great to be back in the garden.