Jonathan Landsman, the Promenade gardener, makes this appeal:
Every Tuesday at 9:30 AM from now until Dec 14 volunteers meet on the Promenade to work in the gardens until noon. We meet at the Montague Street flagpole.
Primarily we are digging and planting beds with the thousands of tulips that make our famous spring display (loved on your blog) but there are also other small projects. Last year volunteers planted 6,000 tulips and daffodils.
Work is very physical and participants should come dressed in tough layers with sturdy shoes, preferably hiking or work boots. Due to wind off the river and shade from the brownstones, it feels 10 degrees colder in the gardens than even a block farther inland in the Heights.
Anyone can do this; I’ve worked with high school kids and octogenarians on a weekly basis. I teach and demonstrate everything that is to be done at the start of the day, so “green” newcomers are always welcome. At the end of the workday (noon) we have coffee, chat, and I give a short lesson on something plant-related. Flirting over coffee for singles? I don’t see why not!
Help the Heights enjoy a brighter tomorrow!