June 27, 2011
A Visit to The Martha Stewart Garden for Living
You may recall a blog from last summer about a volunteer day at The Martha Stewart Garden for Living. This garden, located at Madison Avenue and 99th Street in Manhattan, is across the street from the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In 2007, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Foundation funded the development of this garden on a trash-covered lot at the George Washington Carver Residences. Designed by our team of garden editors, this now serene space features lovely perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees and is maintained by MSLO volunteers and George Washington Carver residents. This year, Ball Horticultural Company generously donated the following: Vinca Titan Apricot, Vinca Titan Burgundy, Petunia Pink Lemonade and Lantana Lucky Lemon Glow flowers. They also donated Talinum Limon, Coleus Electric Lime, Coleus Wasabi, Dichondra Emerald Falls and Plectranthus Nicoletta foliage. We are very proud of this garden as it greatly improves the neighborhood and offers a peaceful refuge for patients at the Center for Living, as well as the residents of George Washington Carver.
1 Malinda Futrell - a resident of George Washington Carver and the keeper of the Garden for Living - works hard to keep this garden looking great.
2 This is a banner for the garden that Malinda, along with other residents at the Carver Houses, created together.
3 This year, Ball Horticultural Company generously donated plants to the garden.
4 Nielsen & Bainbridge, one of the world's leading producers of high quality picture framing products, has also been very supportive of our efforts.
5 Jane Ventresca, Community Relations Events Coordinator, organized this volunteer day at the garden.
6 Andrea Mason, garden editor for my TV show, shared her knowledge with the volunteers.
7 Kristin Courtien, Assistant Consumer Marketing Manager, weeding away
8 Interns Martha Howlett and Natalie Stone work with Samantha Caputo from our FInance Department.
9 Intern Anna Meiring
10 Intern Christina Tobia, raking in mulch.
11 Jean Graham, Director of Community Relations with intern Emily Borgeest
12 Hollen Spatz, Consumer Marketing Manager
13 Eveleyn Lloyd, better known as Cookie, is a resident at the Carver houses and spends time in the garden every day.
14 Cookie's adorable twin nieces, Lena and Lana, love spending time in the garden.
15 Some of the plants that Ball donated
16 A nice shot of interns Martha, Christina, Emily, and Anna
17 Heather and Andrea getting ready to plant Petunia Pink Lemonade.
18 The volunteers used Martha Stewart Living Softgrip Transplanters - part of my line of garden tools at The Home Depot.
19 Anna and Rob planting the Vinca Titan Burgundy.
20 Christina, Lena, Sarah, Lana, and cookie planting
21 Natalie and Christina
22 Cookie and Jean look forward to this day.
23 Digital Imaging Specialists, Amber Watterson and Rob DiCaterino
24 Pam Goodhope, another resident, modeling her bright pink dress
25 The garden has a generous expanse of lawn.
26 Lana and Lena with their mother, Cristel Waterman. Cristel grew up in the Carver houses and is so happy about this garden.
27 Resident Sarah Dawson took a water break.
28 Newly planted Vinca Titan Burgundy and Lantana Lucky Lemon Glow.
29 Newly planted Coleus Electric Lime and Vinca Titan Burgundy.
30 Malinda gave all the new plantings a good watering.
31 Tom Eberharter, Director of Design & Fabrication, came to the garden to remove the old Garden for Living sign and replace it with a new one.
32 The new sign
33 A group shot after a satisfying day of gardening.