This summer has been hot and also steadily rainy with thunderstorms moving through almost weekly. One of the biggest storms was tropical storm Isaias that hit on August 4th. Some gardeners were away and there were large branches downed and precariously hanging about. Roosevelt Island also lost some trees such as two Lindens near Pony field.
A big thank you to many who stepped up and reached out and helped with clean up - a few names I heard of were - Anthony Longo, Kaz Bujno, Karen Lee, Jack Burkhalter, Monica Dow, Alexis Villafane. If you helped out, too and I don't have your name, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
RIOC's new staff member Matthew Kibby has shown up as a garden ally and fellow horticulturist all during this 2020 season! He worked with Beverly Shutes, Ali Shchwayri, and others to help with some dead trees on our southern border. He has had his team bring wood chips to the gardens on more than one occasion this summer and helped us get electricity back after the construction had to shut it off. Most recently after storm Isaias, Matt's team from RIOC helped to cart away branches piled in the front common area. Thank you!