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Friday 11 September 2009 - Filed under Gardens + Plants + Stores

Chris King of Foliage
If I lived in New York, I think I’d have to be a regular at Chris King of Foliage Plants. It was always closed when I walked by, but how I wanted to find a way in to that steamy tropical rooftop. Imagine living in one of those apartments with windows looking out on this scene.

Chris King of Foliage
The sign just made me smile. King of Foliage Plants. Yes, I suppose with a rooftop garden like this, it’s a fair title.

Chris King of Foliage
This was by the front door. Something about chained up plants in New York fascinates me. Seems like a sign of true gardening dedication. I’ll grow these plants here, even if I have to lock them up!

Manhattan hedge
Another good city garden spotted – I think this perfect hedge looking thing was actually a vine trained on a mesh grid. I wish I would have thought to go in for a closer look to find out for sure.

Dumbo Colocasia
Across the bridge in Brooklyn, there was this monster colocasia. I wish I’d shown a person or a car for scale, it was huge!

brooklyn street park
I was excited to come across this pocket park in DUMBO. It had previously been a parking lot with space for 12 cars, but a DOT partnership with local businesses transformed it into a public space as part of a program called PlaNYC which will transform underutilized streets in New York public plazas. Over the next 20 years, they plan to add 800 acres of new public spaces in all New York communities. There was a good post about a similar program in San Francisco on Adaptive Path’s blog a couple months ago. The idea was, rather than go through all the hoops to get approval for the investment in a more permanent space, they would create a reversible trial, set up a temporary plaza, see if people use it as intended, and then review it for consideration for an extension. It has interesting implications for all kinds of projects. Happily, people really seem to like using these spaces.

Subway insect
This amazing insect must have gotten lost, he was hanging out on the walls of the subway station. Hope he found his way back out to nature.

2009-09-11  »  megan

Talkback x 6

  1. tina
    11 September 2009 @ 8:26 am

    That vine sure adds a nice touch of greenery to NY.

  2. Patricia
    11 September 2009 @ 8:54 am

    That colocasia could kick my colocasia’s butt.

  3. Loree
    11 September 2009 @ 11:35 am

    There is so much in this post that makes me happy…that amazing roof garden/nursery…the fact that nobody has vandalized those colocasia and the picture and link about the Pocket Park and the trial in SF! Thanks for the happy Friday vibes!

  4. Janet
    11 September 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    that shop is really neat. Love the palms chained to the side of building. Poor little katydid. Maybe she was on her way home via the subway. :-D

  5. Jane
    11 September 2009 @ 7:40 pm

    I love NYC! Thanks for the slightly gritty images of gardening happening there. Even in that massive enclave of macadam and concrete, people need green things growing. I love it!

  6. Grace
    11 September 2009 @ 11:00 pm

    It seems the axiom, “Bloom where you’re planted” is being heeded in NYC. I think people can handle only so much concrete.