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NYC Wildflower Week 2017

NYC Wildflower Week 2017 . . .

Ornithogalum umbellatum
(NYC 05 2017)

The ninth annual NYC Wildflower Week has come to a close with another stretch of days, May 6-14, filled with events and programs related to the wild flora of the New York City region.

Read more about the NYCWW team and related activities on its excellent website. A link can be found to the right listed under the Blogroll.

Capsella bursa-pastoris
(NYC 05 2017)

— rPs 05 16 2017

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May Showers, May Flowers

May Showers, May Flowers . . .

West Side Berm 05 2016

A Well-Untended West Side Berm (NYC 05 2016)

The annual NYC Wildflower Week filled the Five Boroughs with wild plant awareness, again celebrating native New York City flora, between May 8 and 15 this year.

Further exploration of the green spaces at the speed of exercise accompanied several days of dark sky and sprinkled rain. The cool water and ameliorated sunlight has invigorated everything that grows green in New York City. What follows has emerged as days bright and clear, brisk, borne on steady breeze. The dappled shade of the Sweetgum, Black Oak, London Plane, or Ginkgo reveals many native and immigrant inhabitants in flush growth.


Burdock, (Arctium lappa)

Burdock Manhattan 05 2016

Garlic Mustard, (Alliaria petiolatra)

Garlic Mustard 05 2016


Grass Lily (Ornithogalum umbellatum)

Grass Lillies NYC 05 2016


Shepherd’s Purse, (Capsella bursa-pastoris) Shepherds Purse Bench NYC 05 2016

One can encounter at ease many such plants sprouted to the size of a shrub. That advertises healthy vigor, acceptable conditions, and lenient grounds-keeping.

NYC Wildflower Week, and beyond; Wildflowers of the West Village, and beyond: here, along the trailed, trailing green edge of Manhattan. Proof may be witnessed on any average, well-untended New York City berm.

– rPs 05 18 2016


Postscript: The website of the NYC Wildflower Week may be browsed any time of year with a click of the link available to the right under the Blogroll.

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NYC Wildflower Week 2015

NYC Wildflower Week 2015 . . .

Mayapples In Full Bloom (05 2015)

Mayapples In Full Bloom
(05 2015)

Wildflowers stand in the New York City center rather than on the edges this week. It’s . . .

NYC Wildflower Week

Events are scheduled every day between May 09 and 17 throughout the five boroughs. Follow the link located under the Blogroll to learn more from the source.

– rPs 05 15 2015

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Cinco de Mayo and the Mayapple

Cinco de Mayo and the Mayapple . . .

Mayapple (NYC, 2015)

(NYC, 2015)

Cinco de Mayo seems a good time to celebrate the consummate wildflower of May: Podophyllum peltatum, the Mayapple.

Shaded, wooded areas are the best places to seek out the Mayapple. Perennial colonies, each borne on a rhizome, now display the distinctive palmate leaves supported by stems bearing a single bud beneath, which will bloom white and mature into a fruit that always appears like a little treasure in the woodland.

Another regular now in flower is the Virginia Bluebell, Mertensia virginica. Shaded hillsides and groves in Manhattan’s Central Park become carpeted by this variety at this time of year. Specimens found in the parks and neighborhoods of the west side of the island are less dense, yet display just as intense a range of pink buds blending into true blue bell blossoms. The view is gorgeous, yet short lived, this being an ephemeral plant brief of life cycle.

Virginia Bluebell (NYC, 2015)

Virginia Bluebell, NYC

NYC Wildflower Week is fast approaching and the city is in full bloom. Uncut park lawns are dressed in many, often immigrant, wildflowers: the purples of Red Deadnettle and Viola, the yellows of Dandelion and Lesser Celandine, the white of Garlic Mustard. Photo examples of these standard bloomers may be found throughout Wildflowers of the West Village.

Disfrutar de las flores!

“You Wanted Color”
pencils on paper
(04 2015)

– rPs 05 05 2015

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NYC Wildflower Week

NYC Wildflower Week . . .

Grass Lilies (Ornithogalum umbellatum) bloom at the beginning of NYC Wildflower Week. (photo taken 05 10 2014)

Grass Lilies (Ornithogalum umbellatum) bloom at the beginning of NYC Wildflower Week. (photo taken 05 10 2014)

The seventh annual NYC Wildflower Week is in full swing with a variety of events scheduled through Sunday, May 18th. Visit the website listed on the blogroll to the right for more information.

— rPs 05 16 2014

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NYC Wildflower Week

NYC Wildflower Week . . .

Eastern Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) blooms in a tree pit near Greenwich Street. (photo taken 05 2013)

Eastern Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) blooms in a tree pit near Greenwich Street. (photo taken 05 2013)

The sixth annual NYC Wildflower Week has begun and runs between May 11th and 19th. Click on the link under the blogroll to view the various activities and events scheduled to celebrate the authentic green New York . . .

— rPs 05 12 2013

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NYC Wildflower Week, May 12-20, 2012

NYC Wildflower Week, May 12-20, 2012 . . .

Full Color: Jefferson Market Garden is in bloom in time for NYC Wildflower Week. (photo taken 05 12 2012)

NYC Wildflower Week celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. There will be over thirty free events on offer, open to the public, and spread across all five boroughs of the city. Related nature study, including regional animal species, will be on the program as well. A full listing of events can be found by following this link:

New York City possesses 53,000 acres of open space and 778 native plant species (plus numerous flowering immigrants, many of which are featured here at WWV), so take some time to explore the urban outdoors and enjoy May’s wildflowers.

You never know where a city wildflower may grow: Water Parsnip (Sium suave) blooms beside a tree between 8th and 9th Avenues. (photo taken 05 12 2012)

– rPs 05 12 2012

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NYC Wildflower Week: May 6-15, 2011

NYC Wildflower Week: May 6-15, 2011 . . .

A sun-dappled corner of Manhattan's Central Park in bloom. (photo taken 05 08 2011)


NYC Wildfloweer Week is in full swing, or more appropriatelty put, in full bloom. There are over 45 events, mostly free, open to the public, and schueduled around all five boroughs of the city with a special focus on Union Square. A full listing of events can be found by following this link:

New York City possesses 53,000 acres of open space and 778 native plant species (plus numerous flowering immigrants, many of which are featured here at WWV), so take some time to explore the urban outdoors and enjoy May’s wildflowers.

— rPs 05 13 2011

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NYC’s Extinct Blooms in the NYT

NYC’s Extinct Blooms in the NYT . . .

New York City’s wildflowers have made the op-ed page of today’s Sunday edition of the New York Times.

Mariellé Anzelone, an urban conservation biologist and the executive director of NYC Wildflower Week, penned a short essay about a dozen native species of wildflowers now extinct in the region. Her words are illustrated by Wendy Hollender, a botanical illustrator and the author of Botanical Drawing in Color. You can view their collaboration here:

“When New York City Bloomed”

For more information regarding NYC Wildflower Week, you can click the link on the Blogroll located to the right, which will take you directly to the organization’s homepage.

– rPs 03 27 2011

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NYC Wildflower Week

NYC Wildflower Week . . .

The native perennial, Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta), is just one of the many wildflowers that adds a glow to Manhattan during the month of May. (photo taken May 13, 2010)

The 2010 NYC Wildflower Week was celebrated between May 1 and 9.

The NYCWW sponsored numerous free events on various wildflower and gardening topics, including botanical walks and classes in the cultivation and cooking of native species. Several were hosted at Union Square with others spread across the five boroughs of the city.  The organizers supplemented the activities with an excellent website loaded with resources for those interested in both wildflowers and New York City gardens. The mission statement of the NYCWW, available also on the website, sums up their intentions well . . .

“NYC Wildflower Week presents a full week of free events to showcase the 53,000 acres of open space and 778 native plants in NYC’s 5 boroughs. The goal of the week is simple: to encourage New Yorkers to get to know the nature in their own back yard and to inspire them to protect this natural heritage for future generations.  In 2010 we are transforming the organization from an all-volunteer one-week annual event into a full-time, year round resource that empowers all New Yorkers to cultivate and preserve a landscape that is beautiful, sustainable and ecologically sound.”

More information and resources are archived on the NYCWW website. Here is the URL . . .

Meanwhile, The New York Times sponsored a call for photo submissions in conjunction with NYC Wildflower Week. The May 6 post of the City Room Blog — “Let’s Create a Magic Garden” — stated . . .

“And just as wild plants make this most built-up of cities a more habitable place, we are looking to florify City Room”

Like potted plants spaced outside of an office tower entrance, or flower boxes adorning the facade of a brownstone tenament, this blog post injected a wash of color into the online component of the newspaper once known as “The Gray Lady” . . .

“Let’s Create a Magic Garden”

I considered participating myself and, after some deliberation, decided to shelve my ego and submission plans. Wildflowers of the West Village is a forum best designed to report and comment on the intersection of Nature and New York City, and so I therefore recused myself and focused instead as a journalist in order to report on this good urban wildflower news.

The results of the submission call culminated in a May 13 post on the City Room Blog — “A City in Bloom” — that took the form of a slide show. The City Room Blog editors did bend their own rules and allow some domesticated flower photos. They claimed the season was still too early for a variety of wildflowers. Perhaps I should have directed them to Wildflowers of the West Village for some reference points. Such is the internal debate of a nature writer trying to write, promote the writing, while staying at the same time somewhat objective and out of the subject’s light.

I’ll sign off here and allow the featured photos themselves speak for the Wildflowers of the West Village, and for all five boroughs of New York.

“A City in Bloom”

— rPs 05 28 2010

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