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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Scenes from The Pocket Park in New York (5 photos)

comments (32) November 7th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Photo: All photos courtesy of Julie Greco

Today's photos are from Julie Greco. She says, "I created this garden called The Pocket Park in Chappaqua, New York, in 2007, and have maintained it ever since. The park was built solely on funds donated by the community." Wow, what a treat for the town, Julie! Those fall shots are gorgeous. We need to see LOTS more from earlier in the season, please! Thanks!

**** The push is still on--get outside and take some last minute shots, or compile a few you took earlier in the season. I'll be eternally grateful.... Email them to GPOD@taunton.com. Thanks! ****

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Comments (32)

GeorgiaPeach16 writes: Such a beautiful weaving of colors! Please, I'm dying for a plant list. Posted: 10:00 pm on November 7th
janetsfolly writes: Julie, this is just STUNNING! I checked out the link provided by tractor1 (thank you!) and enjoyed those pics, too, but your Fall shots really show off the depth of your planning. Thank you for sharing, in so many ways. Posted: 6:00 pm on November 7th
cwheat000 writes: Julie,you did a beautiful job. I checked out some of the other pictures of the pocket park. It is wonderful year round, but I am really loving it's fall colors. Chappaqua is a great town. My pediatrician as a kid, was in an old house in town. Dr. Epstein was a great old school doctor. He was in his 70's or 80's back in the 1970's, so I highly doubt he is still around. My dad's parents lived in a ranch on Evergreen Lane off rt.117. Thanks for bringing back some good memories. I should visit Chappaqua and this great little garden in person.
Posted: 4:23 pm on November 7th
tarsier writes: What a beautiful garden, and a beautiful gift to your community.

How big is the pocket park? It seems to provide a whole lot of joy for very small acreage. Posted: 3:37 pm on November 7th
tractor1 writes:

If any are interested I found more information regarding the pocket park, with more photos, go here:
http://chappaquatrending.com/2012/07/30/chappaqua-pocket-park/

It's a lovely creation, kudos to Julie.

Posted: 1:47 pm on November 7th
thegardenlady writes: Great combinations of textures and colors that will vary with the season. Masterful! Posted: 1:44 pm on November 7th
garden257lover writes: I love your color combinations--especially in the first photo. It's a palette I'm trying to create in our garden too so it's very inspiring. Wish I could tell what some of the specific shrubs are... Posted: 12:21 pm on November 7th
pattyspencer writes: Great colors and textures - really cool that you've done this and maintained it all these years Posted: 11:13 am on November 7th
Sheila_Schultz writes: Texture, color, shape and size... this beautiful garden has it all. Julie, you are indeed a very inspired designer. I'll be saving these photos, too! What a lucky community to have this little bit of heaven! Posted: 10:56 am on November 7th
GrannyMay writes: Julie you have created an outstanding garden for your community! I too would like to know its history, see more photos, and perhaps see some work-in-progress photos as well. Your own garden must be stunning. How about some photos of it too. Thanks! Posted: 10:25 am on November 7th
SumHillGardener writes: This garden is stunning! I design and maintain my community entrances and am studying your plants and combinations with great interest. I love the purples, blues and chartreuse and how they work perfectly together. I, too, would love a plant list -- the large leaf purple plant behind the bench, which astilbe, etc. Wonderful job !!! Posted: 10:16 am on November 7th
Jamesjoseph writes: It is really nice and I to would like to know what the purple flowers are. Posted: 10:15 am on November 7th
wwross writes:

This is indeed beautiful. As a followup to Meander's request, can you fill us in on how you worked with the government and community to get this done? Are you designated as an official "Park Steward"? Are there other such pocket parks in your part of New York? In my community (Arlington Va), we have several spaces like this that I am sure could be converted from mowed grass to wonderful planted areas. Posted: 9:53 am on November 7th
wildthyme writes: Julie, you've done an exceptional job here! I would love to see some pictures of the garden as it was being created to see how you accomplished such an excellent interweaving of plants . . . I always seem to either get them too close together or too far apart. Posted: 9:42 am on November 7th
JaneEliz writes: Absolutely stunning! I love the combinations you chose and your design. I'd like to hear more about the idea, need, space, etc. that led to your creation of this lovely Pocket Park. Posted: 9:35 am on November 7th
quinquek writes: Some truly lovely combinations. And what a great resting place for the town to offer it's inhabitants. Somewhere public,lovely, but with a sense of enclosure that allows one to feel protected enough to sit,relax, and be rejuvenated.I also would like to know the history of the garden.
Posted: 9:30 am on November 7th
ThistleGaard writes: Is that Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes' in phot #4? I am so curious about it, but have been fearful to try it in smaller gardens b/c of the potential to spread. What has your experience with it been like?? Thanks. Lovely garden! Posted: 9:12 am on November 7th
wittyone writes: This is just lovely. What an attractive place to sit and just enjoy being out in the open air. How big is the area? It's hard to tell from the pictures.

I too, would like to know what the purple plant behind the yucca is. It looks very much like an astilbe but surely they wouldn't be blooming so late in the season. Posted: 8:46 am on November 7th
flowerladydi writes: Absolutely beautiful Julie!
LOVE the color combinations,,, as beautiful in Spring as Fall!,,, love the mix of texture,,,,and the birch is just so fabulous to help set it all off!

Great job and wonderful gift to the community as wGardens said! Posted: 8:43 am on November 7th
DonnaJones writes: A beautiful garden. The Yucca with the purple flowers nearby is gorgeous...I just bought "Refresh Your Garden Design with Color Texture and Form " by Rebecca Sweet so I can learn more about combinig plants so they look this nice together! Posted: 8:30 am on November 7th
GardenGrl1 writes: Beautiful colors and textures! Love it! Thanks for sharing! Posted: 8:27 am on November 7th
beehaven writes: I love the way the plants form a "tapestry" of color and texture. How old is the garden?
Posted: 8:25 am on November 7th
Quiltingmamma writes: Love the Fall burgundies and structure of the place. Thanks. Posted: 8:12 am on November 7th
mainer59 writes: It is gorgeous! I love the contrast of color and texture in every shot. "Pocket" suggests small but the photos you sent make it look like an oasis. Posted: 8:11 am on November 7th
meander1 writes: Julie, I would love it if you stopped back in and shared a little more with us on how the creation of this patch of perfection came about. Is it in honor of any person(s) or event in your community. You have done a truly wonderful job in choosing plants that bring out the best in each other...kind of a living example for a community of maintaining individuality but getting along!
I love your use of the variegated yucca...each leaf is like a sliver of sunshine. Posted: 7:43 am on November 7th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: absolutely gorgeous. Posted: 7:16 am on November 7th
tractor1 writes:

A very captivating oasis apparently tucked between tall walls. I like the photo with that wooden fence as a backdrop for the birch.

Posted: 7:03 am on November 7th
wGardens writes: Bravo! This is wonderful. What a special gift for the community. Posted: 7:03 am on November 7th
bee1nine writes: Hi Julie, Truly a very fine and most thoughtful idea to create a park for the town. Everything IS quite stunning.
Kudos to you, and great fund support to make it all happen!
I really admire your 'gusto'!!
Thank you for sharing! Posted: 6:57 am on November 7th
tntreeman writes: julie, in the first photo what is the dark purple plant just above the variegated yucca? Posted: 6:09 am on November 7th
tntreeman writes: rich, full, luxurious and tapestrylike. i love this park. i'm with gunnevi, i'm saving the pics too for future inspiration. Posted: 5:01 am on November 7th
gunnevi writes: The colors looks much like fall in the very nicest Swedish Gardens. I'll save the pictures for trying to make something like this Garden for next year.
Very nice, indeed. Posted: 4:51 am on November 7th
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