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W68 St. Spring Planting May 23rd – 4pm to 8pm

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Paint West 68th Street with Flowers! This Thursday May 23rd – 4pm to 8pm Rain Date: May 30th – 4pm to 8pm

Join your neighbors for the block’s annual spring flower planting. Flowers, refreshments, tools, and gloves will be provided. Meet on the day of the event in front of 53 W. 68th Street. All are welcome!

Please check: back here for updates in regards to rain date. Also please share with your neighbors. Thanks for your help.

Flowers for West 68th Street a committee of the West 68th Street Block Association

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SAVE THE DATE: Flower Planting, June 4th, 11am-2pm

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Paint West 68th Street with flowers!

Join your neighbors for the block’s annual spring flower planting on Saturday, June 4th, from 11am until 2pm. Flowers, refreshments, tools, and gloves will be provided. Meet on the day of the event in front of 53 W 68th Street. All are welcome.

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Bulb Planting this weekend

Join us to clean up our tree pits and plant some bulbs before winter hits.

Saturday 11/13 11am-1pm
Monday 11/15  4pm-6pm

Meet in front of 53 W. 68th St.
We will provide gloves, tools, instructions and refreshments!

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Wednesday, June 9: Tree Planting Workshop

With the help of Ellen Arnstein, Special Events and Volunteer Manager of MillionTreesNYC, the block association has secured two foresters from the City of New York Parks & Recreation, Laura Hernandez and James Kaechele to volunteer their valuable time to teach a tree planting workshop.
The foresters will give an overview on:
  • What is MillionTreesNYC?
  • How to identify trees in New York City
  • Benefits of Trees
  • Signs of Tree Disease to look for
  • The Parks Planting Process
  • Ways in which you can adopt a tree in your neighborhood
For the remaining hour, the group will proceed to West 68th Street for our hands-on demonstration working with the trees on our block. Participants will need to dress accordingly since all will be given shovels, gloves and supplies to practice the new tree care skills. Basic tree skills will which will be covered:
  • Tree Care – Water! Weed! Mulch!
  • Additional skills the foresters may want to show us
If you would like to attend this workshop please be in touch with Angelica at agh212@gmail.com by Tuesday 6/8. Everyone is welcome.
MillionTreesNYC project:
Since the MillionTreesNYC campaign started in 2007, over 300,000 trees have been planted throughout the City, more than 60,000 just in street trees.
MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps is a citizen-based program channeling the power of volunteerism to urban tree care.  Under this umbrella, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Greenbelt Conservancy, GreenThumb, Partnerships for Parks, Queens Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden and Trees New York engage everyday New Yorkers in greening their streets by providing accessible, no-cost tree care and community organizing training. (milliontreesnyc.org)

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Flower Planting Success!

Last week’s annual flower planting days were a resounding success. Many new and familiar faces came out to do their part to beautify our block.

Pre-beautification

Setting up with the new flowers

Natalie and Robert plant

planting day in full swing

At 12 p.m., we took a break from the planting as Pastor David Whitehead of GraceNYC lead a tree blessing for the two trees that were planted on the block this month.

Tree Blessing

Loren mulches

Before and after

joined by councilwoman Gail Brewer

Thanks for everyone’s hard work!

For more photos, visit our Flickr page.

After the jump, a transcript of the entire tree blessing:

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New trees

photos by Angelica Hamann

Two new Sweetgum trees were planted on West 68th yesterday. Stop by and welcome them to our block!

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SAVE THE DATE: Flower Planting, May 20 & 22

The block’s annual flower planting will take place next week, and all are welcome. Flowers, refreshments, tools, and gloves will be provided, but it’s up to you to bring the fun. Meet on the day of the events in front of 53 W 68th Street.

Thursday, May 20, 4pm-8 pm: Tree pit clean-up & prep
Saturday, May 22, 10am-2pm: Flower planting

Additionally, two brand new Sweetgum trees were planted on the block today, and Pastor David Whitehead of GraceNYC (and a Block Association Board Member), will be blessing the two trees during the May 22nd planting day.

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