The West Side Community Garden thanks everyone for the time, energy and financial support that made 2017 another successful year!
Notable events included an expanded arts program with our first opera presentation, On Site Opera’s “La Finta Giardinieria” (The Secret Gardener), by Mozart, the relocation of the greenhouse at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in October, and strong attendance for our Benefit, Fourth of July Barbecue, and Movie Nights.
While there are too many individuals to mention, huge thanks again go to Tom Thies and Judy Robinson for guiding our flower and gardening programs, including the Tulip Festival in April and the tulip bulb planting weekend in November. The Tulip Festival program continues to be our greatest draw for volunteers and new members. Some 13,000 tulip bulbs and other spring bulbs were put in the ground by volunteers, families and Garden members. Eric Thirer provided expert management of our ongoing maintenance and physical improvements, and Sandy Owen and Lisa Sarajian managed our fundraising and financial planning.
This year’s music program organized by Randa Kirshbaum featured five concerts ranging from jazz to classical Spanish guitar in June and July. Josh Koehn and the Stag and Lion Theater troupe produced William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” with eight performances in July and August. Summer Movie Nights featured “La La Land” and “Lion”, curated by Daisy Lindo.
The Garden held its Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in September which included Amazing Danny the Clown, a dance performance by Ballet Hispanico, and a New York String Orchestra concert.
Finally, the Board thanks our President, Jackie Bukowski, who continues to be actively involved in every aspect of the Garden’s work, both publicly and behind the scenes.
We are so grateful to all of you for your support of the Westside Community Garden, and look forward to another great year growing this important Upper West Side community resource! Spring flowers are just around the corner.
We will be circulating our complete 2018 Calendar of Events shortly. Please mark your calendars for one important upcoming date in January, being held at our usual location, the 90th and Columbus (Northeast corner) St. Martins community room (Floor 2):
January 27, 2018: WSCG Winter Party & Member Board Election, 6pm
St. Martin’s Tower, 55-73 West 90th Street
The Membership meeting and committee sign-ups will be on Friday, March 23rd, and the Spring Benefit is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th.
Year-end donations to the Garden can be made on our website directly—go to “Donate” on http://www.westsidecommunitygarden.org/. Alternatively, you can send any amount to: Westside Community Garden, POB 20301, Park Finance Station, New York, NY 10025. Much appreciated! (Questions–Jackie Bukowski at 917-414-1950)
West Side Community Garden Board of Directors
The West Side Community Garden is an all-volunteer, fully Tax Exempt, Not For Profit 501 (c)(3) and New York State Charitable Organization. 2017 Board of Directors: Jackie Bukowski, President; Judy Robinson, Vice President; Lisa Sarajian, Treasurer; Joseph Rappa, Secretary; Mia Amato, Linda Cardona, Illene Klein, Sandy Owen, Shannon Randall, Marion Stewart, Mira Stulman, Eric Thirer, Michael Urias; Emeritus: Tom Thies, Brad Smith; Awilda Bernard: Board Member at Large.
What & When: West Side Community Garden’s 2017 Annual Tulip Planting will take place on Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12, from 10am – 4:30pm or until dark, both days. Garden clean-up days to prepare for the bulbs are November 4th and 5th.
Volunteers Needed: All are welcome to help us plant 15,000 tulips, daffodils, and small bulbs. Trowels and gloves provided. Hot drinks and a turkey lunch will be served on both days for workers. It’s a great way to close out the season—meet and work with fellow gardeners, neighbors, and members to catch up, and enjoy the brisk fall air! Bring friends and family for any amount of time, Saturday and Sunday.
History: The Garden has been planting tulips and spring bulbs since 1990. In addition to 60 varieties of Tulips, we are planting early Anemone, Hyacinths, Narcissus, and Fritillaria. This annual November planting will create one of the best tulip shows in New York City next spring!
Location: Entrance at 123 West 89th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues).
Transportation: Subways: C or B (weekdays only) to 86th Street or 96th Street; 1 to 86th Street or 1, 2, 3 to 96th Street. Buses: M11 or M7 to West 89th Street. For more information, go to www.westsidecommunitygarden.org
The West Side Community Garden Tulip program is funded through the generosity of our Upper West Side neighbors, members and friends, with leadership support from the Greenacre Foundation and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. An all-volunteer, privately owned, not-for-profit entity, the West Side Community Garden is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is completely accessible.