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Garden News Q U E E N S B O TA N I C A L G A R D E N N E W S L E T T E R W H E N W E TA K E B E E S F O R G R A N T E D , WE’RE ASKING FOR TROUBLE. A PR I L Polar bears, frogs, and elephants aren’t the only animals under stress. 5 SATURDAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS Tour: Visitor & Administration Center, 12 Noon Starting in 2004, beekeepers reported a very unusual phenomenon: beehives 12 SATURDAY without bees. “Colony collapse,” as it was soon labeled, spread to 35 states Workshop: Rose Care Demonstration, 11am and emptied about one-quarter of America’s 2.4 million beehives. For 17 THURSDAY reasons that aren’t quite clear, the worker bees that collect nectar and pollen Workshop: Preparing Your Garden for Spring, 6 to 8pm to feed the hive become disoriented and unable to find their way back to the 19 SATURDAY colony. The result is a hive that resembles a ghost town. Tour: Visitor & Administration Center, 12 Noon 27 SUNDAY INTERDEPENDENCE Family Program: Gardening Day, 12 Noon to 5 pm Like so many other interdependent processes in nature, a problem for bees is a problem for people. In their hunt for nectar and pollen, bees pollinate M AY many of the plants humans depend on. Farmers depend on bees to pollinate 3 SATURDAY Workshop: TLC for Trees, 10 am hundreds of fruit and nut trees, flowers, and vegetables, equal to about $90 Tour: Visitor & Administration Center, 12 Noon billion in agricultural products. Almost everything in a typical supermarket 10 SATURDAY produce section requires the assistance of bees. Even the wine industry Workshop: Flowers for Mom, 11 am depends on bees: colony collapse threatens domestic grapes. 15 THURSDAY Workshop: Composting in the City & Indoor This interdependence of species -- bees and humans -- is the reason Worm Composting, 6 to 8pm Queens Botanical Garden installed beehives 36 years ago. “We’ve always 17 SATURDAY continued on next page Tour: Visitor & Administration Center, 12 Noon Family Program: Storigami: stories and paper folding, 1 pm JUNE 7 SATURDAY Tour: Visitor & Administration Center, 12 Noon 21 SATURDAY S P R I N G 2 0 0 8 V O LU M E 1 4 I SS U E 1 Workshop: Summer Solstice Composting, 11am-1pm Tour: Visitor & Administration Center, 12 Noon Please visit www.queensbotanical.org for more information including fees. Master beekeeper Urte Schaedle in QBG’s apiary. The largest colonies of bees have the tallest hives. Photo: Iwe Ruinys D I R E C TO R ’ S M E S S A G E continued from previous page Back to the earth, environmental design, taught nature holistically,” said Fred Gerber, Queens Botanical Garden’s population control—what is sustainability to Director of Education Emeritus. Since then, QBG’s educators have escorted you? My first sense of the word is associated thousands of nervous children and adults to its apiary (an area where bees with the back to the earth movement. The design are kept) to explore the unique social order of honeybees and their community absorbed the idea and buildings importance in plant reproduction. started appearing that were more energy, water Queens Botanical Garden’s beekeeper, Urte Schaedle, keeps three to four and other resource efficient than in decades. active beehives, all painted in taxicab yellow. “Bees prefer yellow,” said Urte. Talking with my husband Archie recently, I asked, “They’re drawn to yellow – pollen is yellow.” One beehive has glass walls that “What does sustainability mean to you?” His allow visitors to observe the hive’s interior. Urte prefers to keep Italian bees immediate response, “Population control.” (the species Apis mellifera), recognizable for their prominent yellow stripes, Interesting. We talked about sustainability as because of their “productive and gentle nature.” about creating less demand. This is contrary to our consumer society. “Capacity,” came next out of my mouth, a word I think about when confronted with the “sky’s the limit” view of life. When one starts to reach the top of the sky (so to speak), sustainability comes into the verb position. Archie says, “Queens is on the frontier.” There is a mix of the rural (I can’t help but think of the Prince and Parsons nurseries, the first and most important plant nurseries in America) that is morphing to urban. Carma Fauntleroy, the former executive director of the Queens Museum of Art (from the time when I became QBG’s Bees collect pollen in baskets on their hind legs. When mixed with nectar and enzymes, pollen becomes beebread to feed larvae and drones. director, in the mid 1990s), said once, “Queens is just so middle class. That’s what I like about Colony collapse is not new. It has occurred many times in the past but many it.” Indeed. Queens is developing. And that is scientists and beekeepers believe a combination of environmental insults exciting. The high-rises grow around us. We has made the current problem extraordinarily harsh. “We always had winter start to think of capacity. And we think of kills,” said Schaedle. “In the spring you might take the top off a hive and find sustainability. The word means different things all the bees dead. It’s a sad sight. But now you can take the top off the hive to different people. I also think of organizational and find… nothing. It’s very strange.” Last winter, one of the hives at Queens sustainability, too. I can’t help it. I’m a director. I Botanical Garden was ruined by colony collapse. need to figure out how to make sure the resources THE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS we need are here to grow into the vision we have. Explanations for the disorder include cold weather, cell phones (which may I ask you to share in creating this, in helping disorient the bees), varroa mites (an ancient bee scourge), the disappearance this organization sustain itself, for you. Make a of wild flowers, genetically modified crops, pesticides, and viruses. The last donation, visit our new QBG Store which stocks two factors have received the most attention lately, although scientists aren’t fair trade items and much more, take a class from even sure which factors are causal and which are symptomatic. Patty Kleinberg, our Director of Education, learn about composting and recycling. Look at and Last September, it seemed that scientists had a breakthrough. Researchers from smell the flowers, enjoy the sounds of the insects, Penn State University, Columbia University, and the U.S. Department of and the birds, and the people, who have come Agriculture theorized in the journal Science that an acute paralysis virus first here to sustain their minds and their souls. identified in Israel and carried by imported Australian bees may be the cause of colony collapse in the U.S. The Israeli virus was found in bees from almost all Susan Lacerte, Executive Director the collapsed colonies the scientists studied but none of the healthy ones. They continued on next page |2| continued from previous page noted the coincidence that colony collapse first NOT EVERYONE appeared in 2004, the year a ban on imported bees C A N BE A BE E K E E PE R was ended. The findings prompted New York Urte Schaedle grew up in Germany, the only child of three in her Senator Charles Schumer to recently call for a halt family who learned beekeeping from her father Heinz, a master to importing Australian bees. beekeeper. “Not everyone can be a beekeeper,” said Urte. “Some people just aren’t comfortable around bees and the bees aren’t Columbia epidemiologist W. Ian Lipkin believes comfortable around them. When I was a girl, my father was amazed the Israeli virus is only one contributor to that I could open a hive while in short sleeves.” colony collapse, not its sole cause. Lipkin and his colleagues autopsied bees from collapsed Urte worked as a nature workshop educator and beekeeper at Queens colonies and found multiple micro-organisms Botanical Garden from 1977 to 1985. For the next 17 years, she was a that suggested bees are suffering from a form of horticulturist and the staff beekeeper at Clark Botanic Garden in Nassau autoimmune disease similar to AIDS in humans. County. She returned to QBG as an educator and beekeeper in 2004. Last summer, Urte refurbished QBG’s apiary by planting perennials and “Like everything in life, you really get holly trees, which she refers to as “bee plants,” since they produce large interested in something once you quantities of pollen and nectar. Bee plants reduce stress on the hive, realize you might lose it.” said Urte, “because the bees can do short flights during bad weather.” -- Urte Schaedle Although she’s been a beekeeper for 40 years, she remains fascinated with bees. “Bees communicate with one another. They send out EUROPEAN THEORIES scouts that report back to the hive. The worker bees only live about French authorities have focused on a different 45 days but during that time they can fly as far as three miles to pathogen: a group of chemical compounds called gather nectar. A queen usually lives for four years and during that neonicotinoids present in pesticides widely used time she produces millions of eggs. In fact she lays her own weight on corn and other seeds in Europe and the U.S. in eggs every day. They’re quite remarkable creatures” These pesticides may be “systemic:” able to pass through a plant’s circulatory system to the flower Scott Stefan or leaves and then to the bees. Neonicotinoids have been shown to disorient bees and prevent them from returning to their hive, an affliction French farmers dubbed “mad bee disease.” Yet the evidence is mixed. In 1999, France banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, but French beehives did not recover as expected. The accelerated research and the public’s awareness of colony collapse give Schaedle reasons to hope. “Like everything in life, you really get interested in something once you realize you might lose it. Now we can work on solutions,” said Schaedle. “If homeowners plant wild flowers, if we preserve more open fields and cut back the pesticides, we’ll be able to preserve the species.” Scott Stefan, Director of Marketing Want to know more about bees? Attend QBG's Gardening Day on April 27 (see page 10). Urte Schaedle under the beekeeper’s veil. Photo: Terese Anthony |3| The planted green roof of QBG’s Visitor & Administration Center leads to an observation deck sheltered by the terrace canopy. Photo Nicole De Feo MORE THAN JUST A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS... portion, and one on the lower. A solar powered V A L U A B L E L E S S O N S F R O M M O N I TO R I N G T H E weather station on the green roof will also G A R D E N ’ S G R E E N R O O F. monitor wind direction and speed, temperature, A building’s roof provides more than protection from the elements. It is humidity, precipitation, barometric pressure and, part of the building envelope that minimizes energy loss from heating and potentially, air quality. Two square meters on the cooling, and its materials can positively or negatively impact the surrounding nearby roof of the administrative offices will serve environment. The materials on the Garden’s green roof not only provide as control roof conditions; one square meter will traditional roof services such as insulation, waterproofing and proper be a black geotextile, and the other will be a white drainage, but also offer benefits of additional insulation, storm water waterproofing membrane, which is also the management, improved air quality, extended habitats for native flora material used for the roof of the Terrace Canopy. and fauna, and mitigation of urban heat island effect. The white and black sections will represent the majority of roof materials used in any urban URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT environment, the black mirroring conditions Urban heat island effect is the localized increase in temperature in urban of tar roofs and highly reflective roofs. By areas due to the high concentration of heat-absorbing materials, such as comparing traditional roofs to one covered with concrete and asphalt, and the displacement of natural cooling processes, plants, we can learn about the behavior of our such as evapotranspiration by plant life. Green roofs can also extend the life green roof, and share the data with Garden of a traditional roof 40 to 60 years by protecting the valuable waterproofing visitors, students, and researchers, as well as layers from drying out and being exposed to temperature extremes from day regional, national and international databases. to night. If green roofs, or living roofs, offer so many benefits in addition to aesthetic enjoyment, why aren’t they growing on all the roofs in New York INTERPRETIVE EXHIBITS City? That’s exactly what we are wondering, so we’ve decided to put our bias The data collected will also be incorporated into towards gardens aside, and get the real facts about green roofs. additional pages on the Garden’s interactive touch screens to enable visitors to see firsthand how THE MONITORING PLAN the built environment affects the natural Last fall, QBG’s Board of Directors approved the development of a compre- environment and vice versa. Additional touch hensive Green Roof Monitoring Plan that will monitor environmental screen pages will be part of the next phase of conditions at multiple locations on the green roof and compare them to interpretive exhibits at the Garden that will focus conditions on two control roofs. Two sensors will measure soil moisture, on the new plant collections of the Sustainable soil temperature, plant surface temperature, ambient air temperature, and Landscapes and Buildings Project. The green roof relative humidity at two locations on the sloped green roof, one on the upper has six inches of soil that supports a diverse and |4| unique group of plants including typical green CLEANING SHOULDN’T roof plants, such as sedum, as well as some native T H R E AT E N YO U R H E A LT H plants less commonly seen on green roofs, like One aspect of Queen’s Botanical Garden’s new Visitor blue aster (Aster laevis) and switch grass & Administration Center that is appreciated by the (Panicum virgatum). staff is the absence of any paints, veneers, upholstery, carpeting, and cleaning supplies that give off volatile organic compounds, known at VOC’s. These are the Peter Sansone noxious chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, or methylene chloride emitted by many synthetic materials that often make the air inside a building more hazardous than the air outside. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) studies found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be two to five times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or industrial areas. GREEN CLEANING Cleaning supplies are a major source of VOC’s within homes. To clean the Garden’s buildings both inside and out, the Garden’s operations and project manager, Peter Sansone, and the maintenance and custodial staff use only green cleaners that give off no VOC’s. “The green products we use are pretty amazing -- they give off no fumes,” said Sansone. “We use Focus cleaning products almost exclusively but I also like the tried-and-true cleaning methods our grandparents used. For instance, you can clean stainless steel sinks and copper easily with lemon and baking soda. Just cut a lemon in half and dip it in baking soda.” For windows, Peter recommended a quarter-cup of white vinegar mixed in one gallon of water applied with a rag and dried with newspaper. Then you An autumn and winter view of the planted green roof, can compost the newspaper, he suggested. “Today’s newspapers use inks looking east toward Main Street. Photo Nicole De Feo based on vegetable oil, so they’re completely safe. You want to avoid Variances in color, height and groundcover commercial glass cleaners because they have ammonia.” create a plant collection of interest not only for human visitors, but also appeal to a spectrum AVOID TOXIC CLEANERS of important pollinator species such as bees, For floors and other surfaces, Peter recommended a green multi-purpose butterflies, birds and other wildlife. The plants cleaner instead of a commercial cleaner with ammonia. “Also avoid on our green roof are now an important part conventional oven cleaners– they’re nasty,” he added. “Instead use a of the Garden’s plant collection and the health, biodegradable degreaser.” Another tip is to use cool water instead of hot. distribution and success of the various species will “Cool water absorbs odors better than hot and it doesn’t incubate germs. also be monitored and recorded. Keep a lookout The key is to change the water frequently. You’d be surprised how much for other interpretive components currently in dirt gets picked up by just using plain water,” he added. development such as individual plant signs, panels To dust furniture, try a static-clean duster, “one of those furry nylon dusters,” introducing the Plants in Community and Green Peter said. “It’s also important to vacuum frequently. Put a HEPA filter, a Roof collections, and a series of green trail high efficiency particulate air filter, on your vacuum cleaner and it will interpretive markers that will guide visitors remove a lot of allergens and almost all the fine particulates from your through sustainable elements of the landscape home.” Because his son has allergies, Peter installed an ionic breeze air filter and new Visitor & Administration Center. in his Astoria apartment that “removes about 99% of dust and allergens.” Nicole De Feo, Capital Projects Assistant continued on page 11 |5| SPRING FEVER? wait until after Memorial Day, and when the day Q B G H O R T I C U LT U R E S TA F F C A N H E L P ! comes, I put newspaper six pages thick over my When spring fever is in the air, QBG visitors want answers about how to care vegetable plot, using wire coat hanger sections cut for their gardens. The QBG horticulture staff came up with a few of the most and bent in a “U” shape to hold the newspaper in frequently asked questions and share their answers with our readers. place. Then I cut out holes where the plants will go, leaving room for growth. One year I covered the Can I prune my hydrangeas in the spring? paper with mini pine bark nuggets to make it look Assistant Gardener Sophia Warsh replies: pretty. I plant about six tomatoes: cherry, Early Girl, The answer is generally: No. When it comes to pruning, hydrangeas are Big Boy, Beefsteak and last year I had grape vine separated into two groups. tomatoes that were delicious. Put tomato frames on so the plants can grow into them. The first group includes Hydrangea macrophylla, H. macrophylla normalis, and H. quercifolia: Mophead, Lacecap and Oakleaf, respectively. These Next, basil, parsley and thyme get planted in hydrangeas bloom on old wood. They should only be pruned in the sunny corners of the plot and cucumbers planted summer before August, as that is when they set their bloom buds for the at the north end grow up a wire fence. I water following year. Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless summer’ is an exception everything and wait. This garden needs little and blooms regardless of when it is pruned. watering and care and will have a good yield from mid-summer into early fall. I only grow The second group is comprised of Hydrangea paniculata, or PeeGee what I know I will be looking to harvest. Hydrangea and Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. These Hydrangeas bloom on the current season’s growth – new wood. It is important NOT to prune them when they are preparing to bloom (spring or summer). It is recommended that if necessary, prune Annabelle types in the fall and Peegee Hydrangeas in fall, winter or spring. When, during the spring, should I plant my annuals? Marianne Kristoff, Supervisor of Gardeners, explains: I buy my tomatoes and herbs on Mother’s day weekend when local stores and nurseries have their big annuals sale, but from experience, it’s too early to Gardener Karl McKoy plant them. Soils need to warm up and heavy spring rains may damage your When and how should I prune my roses? new seedlings. Day and night temperatures affect how your soil will warm up Gardener Karl McKoy suggests: so watch the weather. I plant my cool growing pansies outside in planters but Prune roses in early spring once the rose starts to move the more tropical annuals from their seeds trays to four-inch pots and show signs of new growth, usually in the form of allow them to grow healthy root systems in a bright sheltered location. tiny red buds swelling. These buds will become new I dig well-composted cow manure, and compost or humus, into my garden branches. Cut out any obviously dead or damaged patch while removing weeds, to give my plants the nutrients they will need. I branches first then remove all but five healthy stems, each ideally about as thick as a pencil. Reduce these stems by one third. Make the cuts just above an outward facing bud (a red bud on the outside of the plant, this directs the new growth up and out leaving the center of the rose bush open, for better air circulation). Clear away fallen leaves and debris from the base of the plant, feed with an organic fertilizer, and dress with mulch. Mulch can help reduce weeds, retain soil moisture, and maintain stable soil temperatures but be sure your mulch is coming from a sustainable source and Supervisor of Gardeners Marianne Kristoff, right, and Gardener Evonne O’Dwyer. does not contain any toxic materials. |6| Dear Flora I so want to have a more ecologically correct garden but I don’t know where to start. What advice can you give an amateur gardener who only knows how to grow impatiens? Signed, Novice but Willing to Learn. Dear Novice, I applaud your desire to learn more about natural gardening. It’s not all that complicated. Learning proper gardening and cultural techniques ensure healthy plant growth and prevent disease and insect problems. Ecologically correct gardening starts with the soil. This is where plants derive nutrients. Healthy soil is loose and full of organic matter. Making and adding compost is key. Next, consider the environmental conditions of your landscape. Is it sunny, HSBC CHILDREN’S GARDEN RESUMES ON dark shade or somewhere in between? MARCH 29 Choose plants (this includes trees and shrubs too) that are suited for your yard’s The spring session of HSBC Children’s Garden at the Queens Botanical environment. Also consider water needs. Garden is scheduled to begin on March 29. Children learn the basics of Choose plants that require only what Mother gardening by planting vegetables and flowers, and harvesting lettuce, spinach, Nature provides. (Impatiens are very thirsty and sometimes need to be watered twice a and radishes. They make a Mother’s Day card with paper they’ve seeded with day!) Read the plant tags and look for hardy, parsley and basil and a watering can with recycled materials. Afternoons disease and drought resistant varieties will be chock-full of gardening adventures, composting exhibitions, and and then plant properly. Over fertilizing, inconsistent watering, poor soil, and bad lessons on good nutrition. “We look forward to a new year with a new set of placement put plants under stress. Stressed energetic young people, ready to learn about the earth and how we can all plants succumb to disease and insect attack. do our part to sustain it,” said Patty Kleinberg, QBG’s Director of Education. Stick to organic fertilizers when additional nutrients are necessary and don’t panic and For more information on the program call 718-886-3800, ext. 229, or visit reach for an insecticide at the first sign of www.queensbotanical.org. trouble. If you don’t use chemicals the natural predators of pest insects will Lethia Cooper, Marketing Associate eradicate most problems. Please remember one thing. Master gardeners don’t happen over night. Learn from your experiences and know that you’re on the path to more natural gardening and you’ll find you’ll have more time to enjoy your landscape and continue your education. Additionally, the environment benefits with the reduction in water usage, the elimination of pesticide and synthetic fertilizer runoff that pollutes our waterways, and the cooling effect of a lush garden. Have a gardening question for Flora? Contact her at email@example.com. Photos: Terese Anthony |7| Development (L to R): QBG Director of Capital Projects Jennifer Ward Souder, Architect Joan Krevlin, QBG Board Chair Frank Macchio, SPONSORS NYS Assembly Member Margaret Markey, NYC Council Member Leroy Comrie (partially obscured), Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, QBG Executive Director Susan Lacerte, Department of Design and Construction AND DONORS Commissioner David Burney, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYC Council Member James F. Gennaro, NYC Council The Queens Botanical Member John Liu, NYS Senator Frank Padavan, Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin, and NYS Garden expresses Assembly Member Mark Weprin. Photo: Jason Green its gratitude to the following organizations T H E G A R D E N T H R E W A PA R T Y A N D T H E M AYO R S H O W E D U P for their generous support of Official Last September, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall hailed the Ribbon Cutting and opening of New York City’s “greenest” building when they cut the ribbon on the Garden’s extraordinary Opening Weekend Visitor & Administration Center. A score of top City and Queens officials and an exuberant crowd of Activities: about 1,300 people listened as the Mayor praised the V&A Center as a prototype for future buildings LEAD SPONSOR and an vital asset in PlaNYC 2030. Opening Weekend followed the inauguration with two days of music, Queens County Savings storytellers, dancers, workshops, and the annual Moon Festival Parade. Bank, a Division of New York Community Bank DONOR LIST Queens Botanical Garden expresses its sincere gratitude to the following community members and friends for SPONSOR supporting our work. This list represents gifts of $100 or more made between June 26 and December 31, 2007. New York State Senator Frank Padavan $100 TO $249 Galaxy Exterminating $250 TO $1000 In memory of BKSK Architects Louis H. Corp. Euler-Revaz Family Martin Kaltman The Port Authority Blumengarten Palmina R. Grella & Foundation Susan Feil of NY & NJ Joan N. Bluestone Arnold Appelbaum Nassau Tent Annie & Jay Gilbert Assemblymember Ellen L. Borker Colleen Jones Bettie Scott Victoria Hellweg Ellen Young Thomas P. Casey Carla LaBoyne Valerie Klein Muss Development LLC $1,000+ Michael Celenza Elise Laney In memory of New York Hospital Flushing Lap Yan Chu Joyce Lee Development Center Richard Pearlman Queens William LIFFCO INC. Robert and Dorie Pearlman Clendaniel/Mount Mattone Group LLC OFFICIAL RIBBON Rowena Schirling In memory of Auburn Cemetery CUTTING RECEPTION Aaron Norarevian WestWind Ann Trotter Karen R. & SPONSORS Panchian Fund Foundation Terri Osborne The Rotary Club Anthony J. Colletti Franklin F. Regan Adoptions of Flushing Ann De Innocentiis MEMORIAL Lynda C. Spielman & JGN and Nicor Roslyn Gourmet John & Mary John David Moser GIFTS Friends have adopted Edwards In memory of IN-KIND SPONSORS Mavis Vassall a tree (tbd) in EMJ Construction Marjorie DeMaria Keil Brothers, Inc memory of Consultants N.A. Robert & Nancy Ward Maureen Murray Sevasti Nicholis. Lawrence Fields George W. Young |8| NEW GRANTS QBG NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS Queens Botanical Garden expresses its gratitude to the following individuals and organizations for their QBG's board of trustees welcomes four new professionals who bring a variety support of the Garden's operations and programs: of expertise to the board. James Breznay is an attorney and the founder of New England Federal Savings Bank. He brings extensive professional COMMUNITY OUTREACH & PUBLIC PROGRAMS New York Community Trust: experience in development to the board, with prior $40,000 to support community outreach efforts experience at The New York Botanical Garden, the Verizon Foundation: $6,000 for technology Jewish Rehabilitation Center in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and the Combined Jewish EDUCATION Louis Calder Foundation: $80,000 in support of the Philanthropies in Boston. Do H. Chung is a Science Curriculum: Energy Senior Partner at Do H. Chung & Partners, a HSBC Bank USA, N.A.: planning and architecture firm specializing in $75,000 in support of the Children's Garden converting waterfront industrial sites into mixed- Edith Glick Shoolman Children's Foundation: $40,000 for education programs and to support use developments. He also serves as an Executive Council Member of The Urban Land Institute and Do H. Chung of the Science Curriculum: Energy Walter Kaner Children's Foundation: $10,000 in the Regional & Urban Design Committee of the American Institute of support of special needs programs and an intern Architects. Frank Mirovsky returns to the board Aviation Development Council: as the new Board Chair. A Port Authority $7,500 to support the Bee Garden employee for 31 years, Frank is Manager of GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT Airport Maintenance Services at LaGuardia The Kupferberg Foundation: $10,000 Airport. He has been actively involved at QBG as Pfizer, Inc.: $10,000 a board member from 1998 to 2004, Board Chair Goldman, Sachs & Co.: $5,000 from 2001 to 2004, and Chair of the Advisory American International Group, Inc.: $1,000 Council since 2005. Mack Tham, Director of Macy's East: $1,000 Sales at Massey Knakal Realty Services, is an Max & Selma Kupferberg Foundation: $1,000 Frank Mirovsky active member of the Chinese-American Real HORTICULTURE Estate Association, and helps coordinate the Urban Land Institute's The Kaltman Family Foundation: UrbanPlan II high school program in Brooklyn. $12,000 for Fragrance Walk renovations We want to give our deepest thanks to five GOVERNMENT Institute of Museum and Library Services: members who are finishing their terms on the $149,545 Museums for America grant, in board. Frank Macchio, Cesar Perez, Archie support of interpretative and educational initiatives. Spigner, Patrick Sun and John Wingate have New York State Council on the Arts: given their time and talents to advance the work $10,000 for design and planning studies for a new events building and visibility of the Garden, and we are truly New York State Council on the Arts: appreciative of their dedication and support. $7,500 in support of interpretative signage Frank Macchio is not going far, however, as he Bamba NY, a band that performs Son music from their continues to serve as co-chair of QBG's Rose Ball Mack Tham native Vercruz, drew a large crowd on Opening Weekend. Photo: Jason Green Committee, along with Stefanie Handsman. Stefanie Handsman, Frank Macchio with son Rocco, Susan Lacerte, and New York State Senator Frank Padavan. Photo: Jason Green |9| NEWS FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE March Cornelian Cherry, Crocus, Siberian Squill, Forsythia, Glory Of The Snow, • You may now make donations via the Garden’s Winterhazel, PJM Rhododendron, Japanese Skimmia website at www.queensbotanical.org/support and B LO O M C A L E N D A R click on the Donate Now button at the bottom of April Daffodils, Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees, Magnolia, Katsura Tree, the page. All transactions are processed by Trillium, Winterhazel, Candytuft, Mahonia, Empress Tree, Skimmia, Groundspring, using a secure website. Amelanchier, Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, Lesser Celandine, Bergenia, Lenten Rose, Pulmonaria, PJM Rhododendron, Dog-Toothed Violet, Grecian • You’ve asked for them, and they’re here; benches Windflower, Checkered Lily, Grape Hyacinth, Crown Imperial, Fumewort are now available for adoption. The Garden’s bench adoption program is up and running, with May Azaleas, Brunnera, Clematis, Columbine, Crabapple, Dogwood, Pansies, several stylish options to chose from starting at Redbud, Euphorbia, Lilacs, Peonies, Primrose, Tulips, Viburnum, $2,500. Contact the Development Office at Wisteria, Wood Hyacinth, Hawthorn, Scotch Broom, Deutzia, Enkianthus, 718.886.3800 x 330 for more information. Leucothoe, Privet, Magnolia Grandiflora, Spiraea, Epimedium, Alchemilla, Bleeding Hearts, Myrtle, Tiarella, Golden-Chain Tree, Oriental • QBG’s 13th Annual Rose Ball is coming soon! Poppies, Persimmon, Penstemon, Star Of Bethlehem, Hesperis, Watch your mailbox for more information. Wallflower, Lily Of The Valley, Cranesbill, Virginia Bluebells, Forget-Me- Not, Sweet Woodruff, Viola, Daphne, Fringetree, Flowering Almond, Fothergilla, Ornamental Onion, Camassia, Summer Snowflake YO U , TO O, C O U L D B E A N AMBASSADOR June Rhododendron, Roses, Dogwood, Iris, Astilbe, Foxglove, Smokebush, Queens Botanical Garden may not be a country Cotoneaster, Lavender, Lilac, Osage Orange, Firethorn, Japanese but it does have ambassadors. Snowbell, Yucca, Kousa Dogwood, Ajuga, Coral Bells, Meadow Rue, Poppies, Mountain Laurel, Linden, Dianthus, Lilies, Virginia Sweetspire The Garden is currently recruiting talented people from Queens’ ethnic communities to join its Ambassador Program. Ambassadors represent and speak for the Garden when they attend events in their community and suggest ways that QBG can better serve visitors. A QBG Ambassadorship offers many rewards. Ambassadors enjoy excellent social, political, and business networking opportunities; enhanced status within their community; a prestigious award from the Garden after one year of service; a valuable professional credit for their résumé; potential promotion to the Garden’s Board of Trustees; a free membership and other perks. Fred Gerber holds a cone from the Atlas Cedar in the background, one of three trees on site that were planted during the 1939 World’s Fair. Photo: Scott Stefan According to Scott Stefan, the Garden’s Director of Marketing, “Being an Ambassador is fun. You Q B G K I C K S O F F S P R I N G W I T H G A R D E N I N G D AY learn a great deal and you’re one of a select group Queens Botanical Garden will celebrate the honeybee at this year’s Gardening of bright and extraordinary people. It’s also very Day on April 27, from noon to 5 pm. The event will feature exhibits on gratifying to know that you’re combating global beekeeping, cooking and baking with honey, medicinal uses of honey, and warming since the Garden’s primary mission is a workshop on making beeswax candles. One interesting fact about honey teaching sustainability.” is that its color depends on the flowers that provided the nectar. When If you think you would make a good Ambassador he teaches about bees, Fred Gerber, the Garden’s Director of Education or know someone who would, please contact Emeritus, enjoys letting school kids sample different varieties of honey. Scott Stefan at 718-886-3800, ext. 329, or email “They’re delighted that some of the honey comes from the hives right him at firstname.lastname@example.org. outside our windows,” he pointed out. A $5 donation is suggested. |10| continued from page 5 MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE According to Peter, there’s a green alternative for every conventional cleaner and they’re now carried widely in supermarkets. Look for cleaners certified by Green Seal, a non-profit group that began setting international standards for green products in the early 1990’s (see www.greenseal.org for more information). In addition, the Garden will soon implement Green Seal’s GS-42 environmental standards for cleaning services to help protect the environment and the health of its staff (see www.cleanlink.com). A tour of the V&A Center lead by the building’s architects, Paul Capece (arms crossed) According to the U.S. Enviromental and Joan Krevlin (with shoulder bag), both of BKSK Architects, and QBG’s Director of Protection Agency, air pollution is two Capital Projects, Jennifer Ward Souder (in sunglasses). Photo: Jason Green to five times worse inside most homes TO U R T H E F U T U R E than outside. The Garden’s Visitor & Administration Center is the most environmentally About the only conventional product that the advanced building in New York City. Don’t take our word for it -- see it green cleaning industry hasn’t matched are yourself on free tours offered at 12 Noon on the first and third Saturday of disinfectants, Peter observed. “Green cleaners every month. Walk on one of the few planted green roofs accessible to the don’t disinfect as well as standard products but public, visit the compost toilets, and learn about energy and water saved by they are getting better everyday and they’re the building’s geothermal heating and cooling systems, photovoltaic cells, better for your health. It’s a fair trade off, I think.” and graywater recycling system. Group tours can be arranged for $90 fee by calling 718-886-3800, ext. 230. Scott Stefan, Director of Marketing Q B G PA R T N E R S W I T H T H Y M E E V E N T S WHY NOT BECOME Queens Botanical Garden recently announced its exclusive arrangement with A M E M B E R T O D AY ? Thyme Events to cater wedding receptions, parties, meetings, seminars, and school events at the Garden. Thyme Events is owned and managed by veteran To learn about the benefits of membership, visit www.queensbotanical.org or call caterer and Queens resident Nancy Serna who also owns Thyme Restaurant 718.886.3800 ext. 216. in Roslyn, New York. The partnership with Thyme Events completes the Garden’s effort to provide extraordinary service and cuisine to patrons renting the Garden’s unique facilities. Those facilities include the new auditorium, meeting room, staff conference room in the Visitor & Administration Center; the outdoor Terrace with it’s dramatic, sweeping zinc canopy; and the beautiful outdoor locations, the Oak Allée and Cherry Circle. For more information about the Garden’s rental facilities, call 718-886-3800, ext. 201, or visit Thyme Events at www.thymeevents.com. The Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The New York City Council and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation provide a portion of the Garden’s general operating funds. The Queens Borough President and Queens’ elected representatives in the City Council and State Legislature provide leadership funding. Corporations, foundations, and individuals provide additional support. Printed on FSC certified, 100% PCW/recycled paper using vegetable-based inks and 100% wind power. |11| Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Permit #3070 Washington, DC Opening Day: QBG’s staff on the planted green roof of the Visitor & Administration Center. Photo: Jason Green Garden Offices and Visitor Information 718.886.3800 G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N Hours (April to October) Tuesday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 7 pm Closed Mondays year-round except legal holidays Admission Free. Donations welcomed. Parking $5; $3 members (depending on level of support) Days and hours vary by season. Plant Information Tuesday, 9 am to 4 pm, ext. 200 Compost Information 718.539.LAWN(5296) or compost@queens botanical.org QBG Website www.queensbotanical.org Getting Here QBG is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. For complete travel directions and further information, phone QBG or visit us online. |12|