West Side Community Garden’s Annual Tulip Festival will be in full bloom for two weekends in 2017,Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, and Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30.  With a display of more than 13,000 tulips, spring flowers, and blossoming trees, this celebration of spring attracts flower lovers from throughout the New York City region and around the world.

“Our annual Tulip Festival is a feast for the senses, unrivaled in our area for the spectrum and depth of tulip varieties on display,” says WSCG Board President Jackie Bukowski.  “The hard work of the fall planting weekends is on full display as the Garden showcases its relaxed, family-friendly community appeal.”

The Westside Community Garden is celebrating its 43rd year as a serene green space for gardeners and visitors alike. Open daily from dawn to dusk during the blooming season, admission to the Tulip Festival is free through the entrance at 123 West 89th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues).

Member volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and distribute educational materials and Garden event schedules for 2017. This year’s Tulip Festival program features expert tours and live music:

On Saturday April 22 and Saturday April 29, at 1 PM, the Tulip Festival will be offering tulip education with Garden Tours by WSCG’s Chief Horticulturalist, Tom Thies.

  • Pianist Garet Newman will play seasonal pieces for visitors live in the Garden on Sunday afternoon, April 30th.

 The West Side Community Garden Tulip Festival is funded through the generosity of our Upper West Side neighbors, members and friends, with leadership support from the Greenacre Foundation, The City Gardens Club, 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.

The West Side Community Garden is proud to present our first Opera in the Garden with a co-production by On Site Opera and The Atlanta Opera, Mozart’s The Secret Gardener, on May 11-13 (May 14 – rain date). Written by an 18-year-old Mozart, The Secret Gardener is a story of love, madness, and redemption that unfolds in the lush setting of a beautiful garden. (Production details can be found at http://osopera.org/productions/secretgardener/.)

Jackie Bukowski, President of the West Side Community Garden, notes, “West Side Community Garden is honored to have been chosen to host On Site Opera’s The Secret Gardener. This is a special treat which will undoubtedly attract people from all over the New York region.”

Eric Einhorn, On Site Opera’s General & Artistic Director, says, “We are so thrilled to be collaborating with The Atlanta Opera to share the unique power of immersive, site-specific opera with New York and Atlanta audiences.”

LISTING INFO:

On Site Opera presents

Mozart’s The Secret Gardener (La finta giardiniera)
Libretto by Raniero de Calzabigi
Co-production with The Atlanta Opera’s Discoveries series

DATES & LOCATION:
May 11-13, 2017 at Westside Community Garden (May 14, 2017 – rain date)

All performances start at 7pm.
123 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024

Tickets: Free with reservation at osopera.org/secretgardener/.

Transportation:  Subways: C or B (weekdays only) to 86th Street or 96th Street; 1 to 86th or 1, 2, 3 to 96th Street.  Buses: M11 or M7 to West 90th Street.  For more information, go to www.westsidecommunitygarden.org

About On Site Opera Over the course of five short seasons, On Site Opera (OSO) has

established itself as one of New York City’s most imaginative, cutting edge opera companies. As The New York Times wrote: “On Site Opera presents the ultimate in intimate productions by performing works in spaces that fit the setting of the story.” OSO’s immersive, site-specific performances have taken place in venues ranging from
the the Bronx Zoo to the Cotton Club to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, pushing the boundaries of what opera can do and be and blurring the lines between performer and audience to create a uniquely powerful musical experience.

Founded in 2012, OSO’s team of General & Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn and Music Director, Geoffrey McDonald are dedicated to producing site-specific opera in nontraditional venues throughout New York. Dubbed “So much more than Sleep No More” by The New York Observer, OSO molds its productions to specific locations using physical space to create an environment in which the concept, storytelling, music, and performers unite to form an immersive, cohesive, and meaningful whole. www.osopera.org

About The Atlanta Opera Nominated in the 2016 International Opera Awards, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. The Opera presents four mainstage productions at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and two productions at satellite theaters as part of the Discoveries series. The Opera works with world-renowned directors, actors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form and further the current renaissance of opera. Atlanta has a strong history of opera, dating back to the early 1900s when the Metropolitan Opera’s annual tour was a major social event. The Atlanta Opera, founded in 1979, aims to enrich lives through opera. www.atlantaopera.org

About West Side Community Garden An all-volunteer, privately owned, not-for-profit entity, The West Side Community Garden is celebrating its 43rd year as a serene green space for gardeners and visitors alike, attracting visitors from around the world with its well-known display of more than 13,000 tulips in spring, and free music and arts events throughout the year. Open daily from dawn to dusk, admission to the garden and events is free through the entrance at 123 West 89th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues).

 The West Side Community Garden is funded through the generosity of Upper West Side neighbors, members and friends, with leadership support from the Greenacre Foundation and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation., the West Side Community Garden is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is completely accessible.

Dear Members and Friends,
 
Please mark your calendar for the Westside Community Garden 2017 Winter Membership Renewal, Board Election, and PARTY on Saturday February 4th!
 
Date & Time:
Note new date: the event has been moved from Saturday January 28th to Saturday February 4th, at 6pm!
 
What’s Happening:
There will be an opportunity to renew your membership to the Garden, sign up to volunteer in areas of interest, vote in Board election, and party.
 
Location:
St. Martins Tower community room on the 2nd floor, 65 West 90th Street at Columbus.
 
Potluck:
As usual this event is a potluck, please bring your favorite dish!
 
Questions: 
Jackie Bukowski, 917-414-1950.
 
If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact Jackie Bukowski.
 
Look forward to seeing you all there!
 
 
The Westside Community Garden Board of Directors

The West Side Community Garden’s Annual Tulip Planting is 10 am- 4:30 pm, Saturday November 12th and Sunday Sunday November 13th . Hot drinks and a turkey lunch will be provided for volunteers. Come for an hour or come for the day, bring along your friends – everyone is welcome. Gloves and trowels  provided. The garden is mid block between 89th and 90th Streets between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. (123 West 89 St) New York City, 10025.