Piet Oudolf, photograph courtesy of The Battery Conservancy
September 18, 2013
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 18 for The Battery Conservancy’s 10th Annual Battery Gardeners Luncheon with special guest speaker Piet Oudolf! The Battery Conservancy is celebrating more than a decade of Piet Oudolf’s association with The Battery. Piet created the horticultural master plan for The Battery and with the planting of the Tiffany Woodland Gardens and Bikeway Gardens, The Battery Conservancy is nearing completion of his original vision. Piet will speak about his experiences designing gardens in the United States since 2000, and in particular the development of The Battery horticultural master plan.
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Huys sales office, soft launch, January 28, 2013, courtesy of Piet Boon
January 29, 2013
With exactly 404 years to the Dutch founding of “New Amsterdam”, Piet Boon is proud to announce the soft launch of ‘Huys’ (pronounced “house”). A 58 unit residential condominium at 404 Park Avenue South in New York City, Huys not only reflects the building’s Dutch connection to the developer and designer but also to the history of New York City. On Monday the 28th of January, Lesley Bamberger together with Piet, formally introduced ‘Huys’ to New York City’s most established high end real estate agents and publications (such as Dwell, Surface, and New York Magazine). For the first time, guests experienced the Piet Boon® design and styling with parts of a typical residential unit on built in the sales office.
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The Battery suffered 14 feet flood surges that brought salt water to its gardens
November 13, 2012
As reported in the news, the historic Battery, the birthplace of New York, got hit hard by hurricane Sandy on Monday night October 29 with an unprecedented storm surge of almost 14 feet of seawater. The gardens were covered with salt water, the fountain was flooded and they lost several mature trees. In addition, The Battery Conservancy offices at One New York Plaza were completely submerged and everything has been destroyed, in total 18 years of archives and history of its work is completely gone.
On November 9 the Netherlands Consulate in NY volunteered at The Battery by remediating Piet Oudolf’s “Gardens of Remembrance” with a new layer of top soil
Throughout the history and present, the Government of the Netherlands has been a great friend to the Battery, the area that Henry Hudson explored in 1609. In 1926 a flagpole was donated by the Dutch now called the Netherlands Memorial, in testimony of ancient and unbroken friendship. Almost ten years ago the Battery began its revitalization with the work of the famed Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf who created the Battery Bosque Gardens and the Gardens of Remembrance as part of his masterplan for the Battery to be completed in 2015. The historic Battery has sustained severe damage throughout and needs funds and volunteers to help recover. Last week, a volunteer crew of the Dutch Consulate General spent a day helping out with the recovery of the gardens. View our complete photo gallery of the day on our Facebook page.
Please show your support and volunteer at one of the upcoming recovery events or donate.
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October 31, 2012
We received a plea for help from our dear friends of The Battery Conservancy, the wonderful organization that has worked tirelessly to restore and improve The Battery, including the The Gardens of Remembrance by Piet Oudolf, the wonderful New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion by Ben van Berkel of UN Studio, and so much more. The historic Battery has sustained severe damage throughout, but even more heartbreaking is the news that the Conservancy’s offices are completely flooded. They suffered a complete loss of office space, electronics, furnishings, but more importantly their archives, and history of 18 years of work. Here is a plea for help from The Battery Conservancy:
“As you have seen on all the network news and cable channels, the historic Battery took the full force of Storm Sandy as it hit Lower Manhattan Monday evening.
We are here to report that the Park survived this unprecedented storm surge of 13.88 feet of sea water. To date we have lost three mature trees, the fountain is flooded and our 92,000sf of gardens were covered by salt water until the surge receded. Top soil has been lost but no plants were uprooted and the gardens beds are all intact. If there was a glimmer of hope it was the sight of a completely dry sub structure basement of our amazing SEAglass. That brought a smile to all our weary faces.
But we do have heartbreaking news to report, our main offices at One New York Plaza, Plaza Shop Level are completely submerged in flood waters. We have lost everything. All our electronics, furnishings and most importantly our archives and history of 18 years of work are gone. Much critical information is on back up servers but the materials and memories of our journey til now have been literally washed away by the sea.
We are looking for temporary space to keep our work force together and progressing. All gifts of hands, hearts and funds will be most gratefully appreciated”
Click here if you wish to help The Battery Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, created in 1994 to revitalize The Battery, the park at the southern tip of Manhattan.
Date: February 22, 2012
Source: The American Society of Landscape Architects blog
News Item: The Star Maze
Quote: In northern Netherlands, the historic Groot Vijversburg park is not only expanding physically but also going contemporary with the addition of a new Star Maze, which will be designed by LOLA landscape architects, Deltavormgroep, and Piet Oudolf, plant designer for the High Line Park and last year’s Serpentine Gallery pavilion.