Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

Paley Park

February 2, 2015

I stopped by Paley Park after visiting the Museum of Modern Art a couple of weeks ago. This is one of my favorite places in Manhattan. Probably one of the most tranquil places in Manhattan too, especially when it’s empty in early evening.

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It’s on 53rd Street, between Madison Avenue and 5th.

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I posted on Paley Park in 2011, on my old Blogger blog (now discontinued but still online). You can look there for details on its history, or just do a quick Internet search.

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The sounds of the falling water completely eliminate all street noise.

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Stretching upward for light, the Honey locusts (Gleditsia triacanthos) have become sculpture.

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The park was built in 1967.

 

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Lorna Domke February 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Yes, that is a tranquil and graceful place throughout the year. Your photo captures it well in the bare season.

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James Golden February 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

Thanks, Lorna. I really like the park in winter, but I rarely get to Midtown except in winter.

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Emily February 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm

If I remember correctly, these Gleditsia inspired you to use some in the Brooklyn garden? Do you envision yours growing so tall, or do you want a lower canopy?

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Diana Studer February 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm

time for another glimpse of your Brooklyn garden?

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James Golden February 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

Diana, I’ll see if I can do that. The garden is buried in snow at the moment, so there’s not much to see, other than the dark walls and the pool.

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James Golden February 4, 2015 at 8:21 am

Yes, Emily, you’re right. The Brooklyn garden was inspired by Paley Park, though it looks very different. I intend to keep the trees much lower. Mine get more light, so I expect them to have broader canopies. I’m also thinking abou simplifying the plantings in Brooklyn for a more minimalist, Zen-atmosphere. For me, that will take courage and determination. I’m wrestling with internal conflict right now.

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Diana Studer February 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

Our breakfast patio was spekboom and Bulbinella.
With a potted lime.
Now I’ve grudgingly added asparagus fern to climb up the trellis.
Does 4 still count as minimalist?

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James Golden February 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Ha! You sent me to google to see what spekboom and bulbinella are. Four sounds minimalist to me.

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Pat Webster February 3, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Glorious photos, James. I can hear the water, and can almost touch the trees.

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James Golden February 5, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Thanks, Pat. Utter simplicity, in appearance, at least.

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Christina February 4, 2015 at 2:41 am

May I use one of the images in a lecture about the uses of water in the garden? Thank you Christina, I also echo Diana’s request for a post about your Brooklyn garden

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James Golden February 4, 2015 at 8:25 am

Christina, yes. I only ask that you credit me or my blog as the source. Thanks for asking.

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Lynda Harris February 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Taking the photos at dusk has given the park so much atmosphere. I’d love to visit one day.

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James Golden February 5, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Lynda, doesn’t that time of day give almost anything atmosphere? What is atmosphere? So hard to pin it down.

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