A Corner of the Garden of The Irvington Historical Society

This little vest-pocket retreat is in a narrow opening beside the Irvington Historical Society.

This little vest-pocket retreat is in a narrow opening beside the Irvington Historical Society. My "dog" Sally and I often repair there after a walk, so that she can watch the passing parade for a while.

It is an often-overlooked spot: overlooked, that is, except for the groups of teens who seem to favor it around midnight...

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Mark Gilliland November 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
As the original landscape designer for this pocket park, I'm happy to see that it does the job envisioned - providing a place of relaxation and solace whereby to observe the passing events along Main Street. During the summer heat, the bench in the rear of the park remains in the cool shade... The design of the park took into account plant species which were historically available ("in the trade") during the 1800's in the lower Hudson Valley region. (For design variation, availability & visual impact, modern cultivars of this plant palette were selected.) Observers of the pocket park will also note that there is a range of bloom times and sources of food for birds, etc.
Joel Silbert November 13, 2012 at 04:17 PM
So glad to hear from you, Mark. It is fascinating to know the thought and planning that went into the park's design and choice of foliage. Nothing in the "parklet" says this. I have photographed those plants several times, a number of which I've posted here, although without the location information. I love watching the changes in these plants across the seasons.


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