July 18: The Secret Life of Summer Blooms

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Join SWINY for a private tour of a beautiful urban oasis.

Picnic as the sun sets over the Hudson.

Set amid the hills of northern Manhattan, Fort Tryon Park is a true New York treasure.

Its promenades, terraces, wooded slopes, and eight miles of pedestrian paths offer some of the only unspoiled river views in Manhattan. (The Rockefeller family, which once owned it site, made sure of this by buying what is now New Jersey’s Palisades State Park so that it would remain undeveloped.) It also houses The Cloisters, an outstanding museum of medieval art.

Here’s what SWINY has planned

On this private guided tour, Horticulturist Anna Malmude will lead us through 2.5 acres of gorgeous gardens, and explain what goes on behind the (botanical) scenes. You’ll find out about the blossoms, the buds, and the blooms — and how all plants survive the challenges of urban life.

DATE

Wednesday July 18

Raindate: Wednesday July 25

TIME

Gather at 6 pm; tour begins promptly at 6:30

PLACE

Meet at Park’s main gate, Margaret Corbin Cir.

FEE

Complimentary for SWINY members

$5 non-members and guests

BONUS

Linger afterwards for a Sunset Picnic on Linden Terrace, overlooking the Hudson and facing its glorious western bank

BYOP (Bring your own picnic)

HOW TO GET THERE

Subway. Just 20 minutes from Columbus Circle on the A train (really!)

· Take a front car to 190 Street and ride the elevator to street level

· You’ll be on Margaret Corbin Circle & Ft. Washington Ave.

· Turn right to the Park’s front gate (Signs say Fort Tryon)

Bus. The M4 and M98Express go north on Madison to the Cloisters.

· The next-to-last stop is Ft. Tryon Park entrance.

· The bus may be slowed by Rush Hour traffic.

Car. Easily accessed from Henry Hudson Parkway

· North from George Washington Bridge

· Exit at Fort Tyron Park

· Try to park near Margaret Corbin Cir (where we meet)

Maps and other Park info at www.hhoc.org/fftp or www.nycgov.parks

Please RSVP to Carol Milano at milano@nasw.org

NOTE: many people know Fort Tryon Park for The Cloisters, which you’re welcome to visit before 5pm. However, few will know the Fort’s floral facts as well as folks lucky enough to attend SWINY’s exclusive sunset tour!

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