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The Channel Gardens

Jan 20Apr 1Channel GardensFree and open to the public

The installation at the Channel Gardens this spring honors its site-specific origin as the Elgin Botanic Garden - the first public botanical garden in the United States - and celebrates the diverse plant palette of the Northeast through the establishment of local and regional native species. The concept of this season’s installment, designed and fabricated by Brooklyn-based firm Future Green Studio, was particularly inspired by the woodland meadows of spring around upstate New York and conjures a sense of Manhattan’s untamed and bygone natural history.

Featuring tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), northern catalpa (Catalpa speciosa), and flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), intermixed with flowering shrubs, colorful perennials, and fresh ferns, this living, and blooming oasis offer a moment of vibrant and aromatic respite within the chaotic bustle of New York City. Site furniture includes twelve 10-ft long sustainably-sourced log benches surrounding the pools, matching recycled stump seats, and side tables to accommodate flexible, small, and socially-distanced gatherings. The axial gardens are anchored by the monumental sculpture by Sanford Biggers on 5th avenue, accentuating the entry to this lush refuge.

  • Channel Gardens January 2021
  • Channel Garden January 2021 - Hut by Future Green

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