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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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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