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Yucca filamentosa,
“Adam’s Needle”

“Adam’s Needle” is the common moniker for this native southern plant that has been naturalized in the northeast by gardeners. Yucca filamentosa scratches a lot of horticultural itches (almost literally). This trunk-less evergreen shrub produces a rosette of blue-green leaves that form …
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Apocynum cannabinum,
“Hemp Dogbane”

Hemp Dogbane is a large perennial with a milky sap that exudes from the plant if damaged. This plant is native to this region, and can grow to be 3 – 5 1/2 feet tall. The stems are a sweet …
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Hemp Dogbane at 79th Street

Dennestaedtia punctilobula,
“Hay-scented Fern”

The Hay-scented Fern, or Dennestaedtia punctilobula, may look like a tender beauty, but is in reality a tough-as-leather, marauding native that even deer will avoid eating. Named for the smell of fresh cut grass created by its crushed foliage, the Hay-scented Fern …
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Spring Event: Celebrates 6 Miles of Magnificence

On June 5, the Riverside Park Conservancy held its annual spring event, 6 Milles of Magnificence, raising nearly $670,000. We honored of one of our most committed volunteers and board members, David Goldstick. The event was made particularly special by …
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Rhus typhina, “Staghorn Sumac”

Rhus typhina, also known as the Staghorn Sumac, is a tall shrub that can grow to 25 feet. The leaves reach up to 2 feet in length, and can be awe-inspiring in the fall, when the leaflets hang lazily from …
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RPC Appoints Dan Garodnick as CEO & President

RIVERSIDE PARK CONSERVANCY APPOINTS DAN GARODNICK AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT Longtime public servant will lead Conservancy effort to expand its work caring for 400 acres of waterfront parkland from 59th to 181st Streets. The Board of Trustees of …
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Zizia aurea, “Golden Alexanders”

A native member of the carrot family, Zizia aurea reaches a height of 1.5 to 3 feet with a similar spread. The leaves are finely toothed and lance shaped; the flowers grow in clusters of compound umbels in late spring, …
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Jenny Benitez, North Park Outreach Coordinator

Jenny Benitez has been actively restoring the Riverside Valley Community Garden for decades. Working first as a volunteer and now as the Conservancy’s North Park Coordinator.
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Virginia Blue Bells

Mertensia virginica is in the Boraginacea family alongside Forget-me-nots and Lungwort. Commonly referred to as Virginia Bluebells, this erect, clump-forming perennial grows 1-2 feet tall and features loose clusters of pendulous, trumpet-shaped blue flowers (up to 1” long), which bloom in early spring. Flower buds are pink, and flowers emerge with a pinkish cast before turning blue and fading to purple. All of these sultry colors are visible at once on the same plant and are quite frankly swoon-inducing. April and May is the time to find them in the Park.
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Announcing spring event honoree, David Goldstick

David Goldstick, known to many in the New York City real estate world as the conversion king, made his mark as a key player in the co-op movement of the 1970’s and 80’s. As an attorney, David served in more than 800 co-op and condo conversions, giving many New Yorkers the chance to become homeowners and claim a piece of the rock. In his pro bono practice, David was an advocate for tenants’ rights and civil liberties, and as a young man traveled to Mississippi in 1963 to try civil rights cases during the voter registration drive.
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