Memorial for Pete Lambert

After the monthly garden meeting yesterday, there was a warm and affectionate memorial for our old friend and fellow gardener, Pete Lambert, who died last year. Gardeners spoke of Pete’s loyalty to the garden, his humor, his Boston accent, love of family, and unassuming kindness. He is missed by all who knew him.

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New in the Garden

We now have a Big Belly solar compacting trash can in the garden by the front gate. There is also one at the playground gate and another in front of the BRC entrance.

Bob has also been busy staining the new bench rails that Parks installed recently. He has also headed up the plantings in

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It's My Park Day

Despite the cloudy cool weather, we had a great afternoon for It’s My Park Day. Farmer Ted brought us three hens (yet to be named). Jen and Karl’s two boys cleaned out the coop, put in fresh dirt, straw and wood chips and welcomed the ladies to their new home. One of them laid an egg while waiting in the crate.

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Welcome to Our New Turtle

Our friend and turtle expert, Richard Ogust, brought back one of Bob’s two cooter turtles after her convalescence from a shell infection. She took to the pond like a (what else?) turtle to water. The other female will join the others soon.

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New Turtles Released in the Pond

On a spectacular spring day, the two little red-eared sliders that Lee Brozgol has been fostering for several months were released into the pond. They joined two much older turtles that went in last week. We are expecting more soon from Robert at Social Tees animal shelter on 5th Street.

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Photos from George Hirose

George is an associate professor of photography at Pratt Institute and is working on a book of photographs of community gardens in the East Village and the Lower Eastside at night. His “Magic Garden” series can be seen here. http://www.georgehirose.com/

He took these back in September, 2015.

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