Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


May, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

Build A Soil Berm
If you are in a hurry to hide an ugly view or block traffic noise, a soil berm could be the answer, perhaps in combination with some carefully chosen plantings. A bit unusual maybe, but berms can be very useful solutions to certain landscape problems and are infinitely adjustable to fit almost any site. You'll need to do some research and careful planning prior to importing the fill material and soil needed to build the berm. Professional assistance (and equipment) is generally required to design and construct a berm that will be both attractive and effective. The Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series Web site has a detailed discussion of what is involved in this kind of landscape project to help you get started with your planning.

Shows & Events

Procession to Save Our Gardens
The annual, day-long "Rites of Spring: Procession to Save Our Gardens" will involve approximately 5,000 participants and 10,000 spectators on Saturday, May 21st. The day begins at 10 a.m. with the Garden Spirits Initiation at the Forsyth Street Garden and Bird Sanctuary (Forsyth St. between Broome and Delancey) and ends with a Butterfly Release Closing Ceremony at the Green Oasis Garden (8th St. between Aves. C & D.). The Web site includes the day-long itinerary, volunteer opportunities, and slide shows of previous pageants to benefit the network of more than 50 community gardens on the Lower East Side of New York City. For more info, visit:


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