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May 28, 2024 | Horticulture

The Bees of Madison Square Park

Read about the importance of native bees to the ecosystem as well as the diversity of bee species in Madison Square Park.

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April 11, 2024 | Horticulture

The State of our Trees 2023

Each year, our team completes a thorough tree inspection and assessment to determine the health of our trees. This allows us to identify which trees need extra care and which require pruning––a process needed to help us plan for the future

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March 19, 2024 | Horticulture, Sustainability

Spring Garden Practices

Learn how we support biodiversity and maintain the health of our ecosystem here in the park by "cutting back" in the spring.

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February 23, 2024 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Wonderful Witch Hazels

The genus 'Hamamelis' contains about five species, all of which can be found in Madison Square Park’s Nationally Accredited collection.

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January 17, 2024 | Horticulture

Pruning in the Park

Each January, all trees in Madison Square Park are inspected for structural issues, damage, and preventative maintenance

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December 20, 2023 | Horticulture

The Great Tree Search 2023

Nominate a tree: NYC Parks is recognizing and cataloging the great trees in our city that make up our urban forest

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September 28, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Horticulture Spotlight – Hibiscus

The bright red saucers of Cranberry Crush eastern rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Cranberry Crush’) have been stunning this season.

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August 29, 2023 | Horticulture

Street Trees and Resilient Understory Plantings

The bareness of the soil in the tree wells of our city is caused by many factors, including soil compaction, soils with high pH levels & calcium contents, and, most notably, excrement from our four-legged friends. 

August 7, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Cultural Ties to Gardens

New York is a city of small shared gardens, many often found in reclaimed spaces. Private gardens adorn balconies and backyards, while some gardens remain hidden from view on rooftops.

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June 7, 2023 | Horticulture

Climate Effects in the Garden

Climate change is happening now, and the effects are being seen locally in our park. If we don't confront the causes of climate change today, we will see worsening effects of this unexpected weather year after year.

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May 23, 2023 | Horticulture

Thank You Madison Square Park Conservancy Volunteers

Since last May, Madison Square Park Conservancy volunteers have spent 225 hours working in the Park’s gardens! Our horticulture team is so grateful for this dedicated group of individuals who give their time to our urban green space.

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May 16, 2023 | Horticulture

Go Public Gardens Week

For Go Public Gardens Week gardens will be opening their doors for visitors across America.

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April 28, 2023 | Horticulture

Celebrating Arbor Day 2023

This Arbor Day, planting a tree may be more important than ever. This summer, on a hot day, take the time to sit under the shade of a tree and consider all of the benefits trees give us. Trees give us shade and oxygen to breathe, clean our water, actively store carbon, and make us feel good. 

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April 24, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Celebrating Redbuds

Redbuds usher in springtime around the city in a subtle yet striking way.

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April 18, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Hyacinth Frenzy

This spring, Madison Square Park is sporting a rather hyacinth-focused display. Around the fountain, hyacinths in many colors dazzle in Fibonacci-inspired patterns.

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April 4, 2023 | Horticulture, Press

While Early Bloom Brings Joy, the Presence May Signal “A Cascading Effect” (TimeOut New York)

Spring blooms are occurring earlier in the city's parks, and though they're a welcome sight after a gray season, it's also a little unsettling. Our Horticulture team spoke with TimeOut New York to explain why its problematic.

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March 14, 2023 | Community, Horticulture

Pi Day

This spring, the horticulture team is celebrating all things math! Fibonacci was the guiding inspiration for the Geometry of Flowers exhibition. Our friend Fibonacci…

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March 8, 2023 | Horticulture

Letters to the Trees

For the past three years visitors have submitted their letters in celebration of Madison Square Park trees. These handwritten notes each have their own individual…

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February 27, 2023 | Horticulture

A Behind The Scenes Look at “The Geometry of Flowers” Horticulture Exhibition

On November 23rd, Fibonacci Day, the 11th horticulture exhibition was announced! Read on the learn about the planning process. It will be in full bloom for all to see in less than a month!

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February 8, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Celebrating Witch Hazels

Our park's Witch Hazel Collection made Public Garden Magazine! The Madison Square Park Conservancy is proud to join the Plant Collections Network in introducing visitors to individual taxa, developing accessible horticulture, and creating cultural connections to plants.

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January 27, 2023 | Horticulture

An Uninvited Guest

Throughout 2022’s summer, New Yorkers united to squash a new invasive pest, the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula. First documented in 2014, this pest of many…

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January 11, 2023 | Horticulture

The Trees of Madison Square Park

Measuring Tree HealthAt Madison Square Park Conservancy, we make every effort to save our trees, if possible, and to increase tree diversity in new plantings within…

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January 4, 2023 | Horticulture

The Year In Review 2022: Horticulture

Looking back at 2022, the park was continually filled with horticultural fun! Our Spring Forward, into Summer exhibition, brought the beauty of cutting gardens…

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November 23, 2022 | Horticulture

Fibonacci Day and “The Geometry of Flowers”

Come learn about the Conservancy's upcoming horticulture exhibition, "The Geometry of Flowers," and how it was inspired by Leonardo Bonacci's discovery of the Fibonacci Sequence.

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November 15, 2022 | Horticulture

Celebrating Native American Land Practices

Learn more about how Native American land practices continue to influence modern techniques with their time-tested, ecologically mindful philosophies.

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October 24, 2022 | Horticulture

Spooky Fall Plants

Learn more about some of the plants that are haunting Madison Square Park's gardens this fall.

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October 7, 2022 | Horticulture

City of Forest Day

This October 15, we're celebrating the inaugural City of Forest Day in NYC to bring awareness to the urban forest and how each New Yorker can play a part in caring for and advocating on behalf of our trees.

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September 27, 2022 | Horticulture

The Art of Drying Cut Flowers

Drying cut flowers is a great way to extend their life and beauty. Learn more about some ways of preserving your flowers, trialed on species found in the park's own gardens.

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September 12, 2022 | Horticulture

The Park’s Monarch Magnets

Learn more about the native plant species in the park that are helping endangered monarch butterflies survive.

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September 5, 2022 | Horticulture

What’s Growing on the Park’s Witch Hazel Leaves?

You may have noticed some conical structures growing on the leaves of the park's witch hazel collection. Learn more about what these structures are and what they mean for the health of the plants.

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