I'm sending this to you as my reminder about our upcoming weekend meeting on Saturday at: Donnybrook, 35 Clinton Street (corner of Clinton & Stanton), New York, NY 10002,[masked] from 12 pm-3pm.
If it's nice, we can walk up to my deck on East 5th later. Weather is forecasted to be sunny and rather cool. We haven't planted anything yet, but buds are coming out on our existing shrubs and perennials.
My neighbors downstairs were out planting today in the backyard garden, so the time is rapidly approaching. I have several interesting group events planned for us this summer, hosted by experts. And if you have a deck you'd like to show (our turnouts have probably been 15-20 at the very highest, and usually less than half that), get a photo to send me.
On this coming Saturday, make sure to carry my cellphone number:[masked] 7821. You will be in the heart of the lower East Side, a fascinating place to spend time. I'll wear a black brimmed hat. We'll talk about what we're planting, where and how to buy plants, and seasonal topics of outdoor gardening. e.g. the wind blew our table over this year again and broke yet another umbrella in the process.
Roof deck, balcony and city container gardeners are a dedicated breed, and hardy-- it can be difficult to grow things. Bugs, squirrels, leaks, pigeons, ice, heat, wind, broken umbrellas. Not to mention lugging bags of expensive dirt up long staircases and tethering your plants with wire so they won't get blown off the edge. Members will meet up to visit other peoples' decks, gardens, etc. and enjoy enthusiasms and views. We'll trade ideas about flowers, trees, structural aspects, and share in the pleasures of helping green things to survive in a tough environment. What makes it all worthwhile? The sky above, the rustle of leaves in the breeze on a hot summer night. You don't have to have a deck to belong, just an active interest in growing plants in the city. If you have a ledge or a windowsill with a flowerpot on it, feel free to join.