Today’s photos come from David Tillyer, who gardens in a very unusual space—a good reminder that if you don’t have space for a garden, you can almost always find somewhere to grow some beautiful plants! Planting roses in the middle of Manhattan has become his passion. This is what David had to say:
I’ve got some photos of my garden at the corner of 11th Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan. I’m better at gardening than I am at photography, and I’m better at both of them than I am at sending masses of photos over the Internet. I started the garden on 11th Avenue in 2001 in an unused area of DeWitt Clinton Park. I asked permission to put a rose garden into what had been an impromptu dog run, and no one could think of a reason why I should not be allowed to do it, so I just began. I now have around 40 rose bushes in a plot that is 150 feet long by 18 feet wide. Parks officials leave me alone because … I don’t know why. I guess it means one area of a public park that they don’t have to worry about.
In 2001, this was an impromptu dog run at the corner of 11th Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan.
The David Austin rose ‘Golden Celebration’ with Jackmanii clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, Zones 4–8).
The roses ‘Joseph’s Coat’, ‘Pink Simplicity’, and ‘Red Knockout’ against the unusual backdrop of a Jaguar dealership across the street.
The garden is surrounded by a beautiful wrought-iron fence. My guess is that the fence was installed in the 1930s. I cannot remember the name of the vine that climbs this street lamp every year.
Sometimes even the butterflies are a little raggedy on 11th Avenue.
‘Pink Simplicity’—this rose bush is about 17 years old.
Lucy, the poodle-mix rescue dog, is the only one who gets bored in the garden.
This beautiful fence makes a lovely space for a garden. It also keeps the garden orderly and keeps the general public out.
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