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Botanicals in Your Life

October 21, 2023 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Botanicals in Your Life

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Saturday, October 21 | 11 – 2 PM | Western Gravel

Imagine a crisp autumn afternoon in Madison Square Park. Join us on the southwest end of the park for live music as we host a celebration of the park’s Witch Hazel and Redbud Collections.

In partnership with the National Arboretum, learn more about the recent horticulture initiatives at the only Level II Arboretum in Manhattan.

Stop by and:

  • Screen print your own free witch hazel-inspired tote bag. 
  • Pick up free compost provided by GrowNYC. 
  • Learn how to fold leaves from your favorite trees with OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group New York City).
  • Learn more about the gardens with tours led by our horticulture team.
  • Pose with a groupchat-worthy backdrop built from the flowers and plant materials found in the park and nearby flower district. 
  • Meet our community partners –  Forest for All NYC, Lower East Side Ecology Center, National Museum of Mathematics, and New Yorkers for Parks. 

Learn more about the properties of witch hazels and at our friends Dickinson Brands, who founded National Witch Hazel day.  

Free and open to the public, no reservations are required. Please consider a donation to Madison Square Park Conservancy so that we can continue to offer free programs and maintain the park throughout the year. Donate here

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America/New_York 10/21/2023 11:00 AM 10/21/2023 02:00 PM Botanicals in Your Life Join us on National Witch Hazel Day for activities in celebration of the park’s Level II Arboretum and our amazing Horticulture Team. Madison Square Park Add to Calendar
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