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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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Washington hawthorn

Washington hawthorn

Crataegus phaenopyrum
Washington Hawthorn

The Washington hawthorn is a native tree that was once planted in New York City parks to attract birds. They grow to heights of 25 to 35 feet and live between 50 and 100 years. Like other hawthorns, their dense branches are armed with long sharp thorns. 

The trees bloom in the late spring with attractive clusters of white flowers that resemble apple blossoms. Their spring leaves turn dark green in summer, then to a range of vibrant oranges, reds, and purples in the fall. Their scarlet berries persist through winter highlighting the surrounding landscape with red dots, until they are eaten up by birds. 

Washington hawthorns reportedly got their name from the abundance of commercial nurseries that once sold the trees around Washington, D.C. Hawthorns have a long history in the United States and Europe. They were grown as sturdy hedgerows to divide properties, even the name of the Pilgrim’s ship the Mayflower, comes from the hawthorn.

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Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom, Narrated by Brooke Kamin Rappoport
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