Storm Takes Toll on NY Gardens

Hurricane Sandy

Sandy was certainly hard on gardens but all plants took a beating. (Garden City, New York)

If you’re lucky, your garden wasn’t completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy’s devastating arrival in New York earlier this week. Everything was hit hard—homes were demolished, water flooded the streets and subway tunnels, and lives were claimed. And even things securely rooted to the ground were torn asunder in some cases.

With the storm finally moving on, cleanup of the city has just begun. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Botanic Garden in the Bronx are two public gardens out of many that are now assessing and repairing damage.

The New York Botanical Garden has reported that over 100 trees were destroyed and hundreds more sustained damage. Structures within the garden were also badly damaged and several will need to be repaired.

The garden reopens on Thursday, November 1st, though some areas will remain closed to the public while cleanup continues. These areas include the forest, Azalea Garden, Ross Arboretum, and Benenson Ornamental Conifers. Once the damages are completely assessed and the walking paths are cleared, those areas will also reopen.

The Brooklyn Garden suffered far fewer losses, but is still mourning the 20 or so trees that were wrecked completely. Luckily, their well-loved cherry trees survived the storm, as did their Japanese pond. The garden will be open again starting on Friday, November 2nd.

Within the public park system, there are hundreds more trees reported as destroyed. Like the gardens, they will remain closed to the public until cleanup is complete and all damages are fully assessed.

How have your gardens fared through this disastrous last week? Will the next weeks see you starting anew or just tending to the wounded?


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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