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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns, which includes closing the lawns each year from October through May for reseeding. With the heightened need for public space, the Conservancy has kept the lawns open throughout the pandemic. For the month of April, all lawns will be closed to reestablish the grass in time for summer.
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Japanese apricot

Japanese apricot

Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’
Prunus Mume

The Japanese apricot tree is one of the first trees to flower in the park each spring. There are over 300 varieties of the tree, which bloom in white, pink, rose, and red with both single and double petals. The variety of our tree is known as the ‘Peggy Clarke’, it features rose-pink double blossoms with red calyxes. It was introduced to the United States in 1941 by W. B. Clarke, who named it after his daughter Peggy. 

It is native to China and Korea, but not Japan, where it has been cultivated over the past 1,500 years. The botanical name for the tree Prunus mume, is misleading since it is neither an apricot nor a plum. While edible for humans, the tree’s fruit is bitter, but makes excellent jams and preserves, and is also the main ingredient in plum liquor. The plum blossom is a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring in East Asian countries, where they can often be seen blooming amidst late-winter snowstorms.

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