New York Roof Gardens: What a treat.

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New York Roof Gardens

By Bubbles
October 31, 2011

Gordon Hawkins' Brooklyn roof garden is well known in gardening website circles. He frequently posts photos of his exotic and eclectic collection of brugmansias, passifloras, clerodendrons, and more. The source of many brugmansia collections has been his generous free cuttings in late fall each year. Gordon also freely shares his clever directions for building planters and patio furniture from foam insulation boards.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 30, 2011 6:53 PM CST
Wow, Sandi and Gordon, all I can say is thank you so much for putting this together. What an amazing trip that had to be for you Sandi.
And what an amazing garden you have Gordon. I can't begin to think about how a person would even get started on such an magical garden. Thank you to both of you for sharing the trip and the garden.
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vic
Oct 30, 2011 7:34 PM CST
What a treat indeed!!!!

Sandi, thank you SO MUCH for such an awesome article - the photographs are beyond words!

Gordon, having had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with you on Garden Art, I have to tell you my husband and I still talk about your amazing roof garden. If we ever get to your beautiful city, we'll be visiting for sure. Thumbs up

WOW to both of you - Sandi for writing and Gordon for sharing! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 30, 2011 9:04 PM CST
Thanks Vic and Lynn. My photos don't do the garden justice. My only disappointment was Gordon's garden blossomed a couple of weeks after we left!
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GordonHawk
Oct 30, 2011 9:25 PM CST
Thanks Vicki..and Lynn... well... it was nice to be able to extend the tour experience
Sandi... good job... thanks for putting it together ... so others could have the tour experience also
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 30, 2011 9:35 PM CST
You're very welcome Gordon. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks for the hospitality!
I hope you'll post even more of your recent photos here.
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pod
Oct 30, 2011 10:01 PM CST
Delightful tour of this rooftop garden. What a wonderful getaway.

My favorite photo is the display of succulents with the neutral background and mulch. What a calming effect in that riot of color. I love it!

Where on earth do you move all the tender plants in winter and what an incredible labor of love that must be.

Thanks to you both for sharing the tour.
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Bubbles
Oct 30, 2011 11:02 PM CST
Pod, I'm so glad to see you posting here!
The succulents were at the top stairwell going out to the roof. Kind of a little alcove of their own. I had a better photo, but it had my DGS in it. I hope Gordon will drop in and explain how he made it out of foam core, I believe. The hearts above the planter are part of his collection. He had heart displays all over!
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Boopaints
Oct 30, 2011 11:56 PM CST
What a treat this was, Sandi! Thanks so much for taking us along with you on your visit.

I think I first "met" you, Gordon, over foam plaques and containers, but have seen more of his amazing work on Garden Art. I am amazed that you were able to get all of the plants, furniture and accessories up the winding staircase!

And Gordon, what a view you have! It is a beautiful place to enjoy as you care so lovingly for your garden. I hope the snow didn't hurt things too much.
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Boopaints
Oct 30, 2011 11:57 PM CST
PS
Sandi, I am jealous over that ice cream! Big Grin
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goldfinch4
Oct 31, 2011 12:48 AM CST
Sandi, thanks for the wonderful article. Gordon, it simply amazes me that you've accomplished so much on a roof! Everything is so well thought out. And I love all your foam creations. Beautiful garden! Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Oct 31, 2011 5:27 AM CST
Truly an oasis in the city, Gordon. Delightful! Thanks, Sandi.
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Bubbles
Oct 31, 2011 5:52 AM CST
Becky, the view was breathtaking. If I lived there, I'd only go downstairs for the essentials, then back up to "live" in the garden. Maybe Gordon can give us a tutorial on creating outdoor furniture from the insulation foam board. And about the ice cream, I have very little will power, so I could be tempted too often.

Chris and Tee, I'm so glad you enjoyed the "tour."
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careyana
Oct 31, 2011 12:16 PM CST
Sandi, what a beautiful, well-written article and what wonderful pictures!

Gordon, you've created the most beautiful oasis I've ever seen.

:hearts: Lovey dubby Lovey dubby to you both!
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Bubbles
Oct 31, 2011 1:04 PM CST
Awww...you're too sweet Carey. Thank you.
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careyana
Oct 31, 2011 2:38 PM CST
I'm serious! I made DH sit down and read too...and he commented how good it was and loved the gardens too, which is a HUGE compliment coming from him!
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Bubbles
Oct 31, 2011 3:44 PM CST
Well, the garden speaks for itself. It was my kind of garden with one of everything and two of most! And thank your DH for the compliment too.
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Boopaints
Oct 31, 2011 7:01 PM CST
Sandi....love the big bird costume! PLUS I agree with Carey and her DH! VERY WELL WRITTEN!
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Bubbles
Oct 31, 2011 7:37 PM CST
What costume? I'm a little sensitive about my excessive hair, Becky. I appreciate you agreeing with Carey, tho!
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Sharon
Oct 31, 2011 7:43 PM CST
Bubbles.
It isn't your excessive hair I'm concerned about.
It's the yellow feathers.

Did Gordon notice when you were there?
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 31, 2011 8:00 PM CST
You know, I was just thinking...tonight when I take down this avatar, whatever I write here is going to be sooo confusing, but here goes.
I usually molt when it gets warm, so I'm okay. I don't think Gordon noticed, he was probably fixated on my large nose.

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