Garden Committee Chairs:
- Mary Eyster
- Mary Ann Hoag
FIRST SUNDAYS IN THE GARDEN
We are very proud of our native flower beds and the welcoming appearance the plantings make for our guests and members. In addition to our own appreciation and enjoyment of our native plantings, we are fulfilling an obligation mandated in our agreement with NYC Parks. The Parks Department is focused on restoring native habitat throughout the city, in order to foster healthy plant and animal life. As many have no doubt noticed, we have a vibrant butterfly community on our grounds throughout the warmer months.
Come join the garden committee in helping maintain our ground the first Sunday of the month (May through September). Don’t know much about gardening? At least two of our knowledgeable gardeners will be on-hand to provide guidance as we plant, water, weed and do the many other tasks that need to get done to keep our grounds looking good. Looking forward to working with you!
Sunday, 10am to 1pm
- May 5, 2019
- June 2, 2019
- July 14, 2019 (to avoid holiday weekend)
- August 4, 2019, 9am-12pm
- September 8, 2019
Sometime in April, the Gardening Committee Chairs will organize an orientation meeting that is intended especially to introduce volunteers to the weeds vs. the natives and to talk about composting practices, mulching and general maintenance tasks. Even if you have been maintaining your own garden, we urge anyone who plans to volunteer to attend this meeting.
We do ask that members volunteer to restrict their volunteer work in the gardens to the First Sundays in the Garden and other official work days. We have had plants accidentally “weeded” by well-intended volunteers. It can be easy to mistake a wildflower for a weed, so it is essential that you check before you chop or pull. ALSO, we ask that no ornamentals, fruit trees or non-native garden plants be installed in the club gardens (though they are fine for individual plots).
GARDEN AREAS TO BE MAINTAINED
All of the “public” gardens around the clubhouse and grounds require attention. This includes the areas on both sides of the front gates and sidewalks, the oval and circular plots toward the street side, the various plots around the clubhouse and walkway, and the extensive plot along the fence on the water side. The shore line area is not be included as it is expected that some restoration work will take place there.
ASSIGNMENT OF PRIVATE GARDEN PLOTS
We are lucky to have a number of garden plots available for member use. To ensure that all members have fair access to acquire a garden plot, the following procedures are to be followed:
- A call for garden plot requests will be sent to the membership in January by the Garden Committee Chairs and there will be a two week window for receiving requests. Requests for a plot must be made at this time. Those members who already have a plot, and who want to retain it, must put in a request. You will be guaranteed to hold the plot through the 2019 season. 2019 will count as your second year toward the three year minimum.
- During the request period, one person can request a plot for sole use or two people may request to share a plot. Some of the plots that currently exist will be divided in order that space is shared more equitably.
- Requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.
- If you are not assigned a garden spot due to lack of availability, you will be placed on a waiting list, again in order of request, and assigned a garden spot when and if one becomes available. You will also be given priority when the next call for plot requests goes out the following January.
- If you are assigned a garden spot, you can have the spot for a minimum of three years but you MUST request the continued use of your plot annually. This will confirm for the Garden Committee Chairs that you are still interested in maintaining your plot.
- A gardener may keep a plot longer than three years if there are no members waiting for plot assignment. If during the next request period, requests are received, the person with the plot for the longest time beyond three years will be the first person rotated out.
- Anyone who has been rotated out of a garden plot can request to be reassigned to a new plot the next January.
- If there are surplus plots, a gardener may be assigned two plots. But the second plot can be rotated to another member after a year if there are requests for plot. The three year minimum only applies to the first plot assigned.
- Only the Garden Committee chairs or their designee can assign a plot. Plots are not transferable from member to member.
- However, members may invite other members to co-garden their spot, but the term of plot use is set from the date of original assignment.
- ·At their discretion, the Garden Committee Chairs may reassign or not renew a request for a garden plot if the person assigned the plot fails to actively plant or maintain the plot.
PREREQUISITES FOR A GARDEN PLOT
- Only senior members can be assigned a garden plot.
- Since private plots are offered to members gratis, each member with a plot is expected to assist with general grounds maintenance. All gardeners with a private plot are required to assist in leading at least one of the First Garden Sundays, as described above. There will be at least two leaders each First Sunday and advance sign-up is required. Failure to participate in the First Sunday program could be cause for non-renewal.
- Leading a first Sunday counts toward your volunteer hours.