5 Public Gardens Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

We published a handy list of 12 Ways to Help Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort earlier this month. It’s a great list of groups and organizations stepping up and providing relief where it is needed. Also in need of help are several green and open spaces that better the quality of life in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Below are five public gardens and arboretums gleaned from the Extension blog that suffered damage that are in need of help. Click the links and donate where you can. While a donation won’t restore ancient and historic trees, your donations will help restoration efforts and the protection of priceless specimens.

1. Planting Fields Arboretum

Lost in the storm were 100-150 very large trees, including a state champion Weeping Silver Linden. The falling trees damaged the camellia glass house and rhododendron collection at the Planting Fields Arboretum. Fuel shortages mean they are struggling to power generators and keep the tender plant collection safe from cold temperatures. Currently, the park is closed until further notice, and events are being canceled. One way to support this arboretum is by purchasing a membership.

2. Green-Wood Cemetery

Founded in 1838, this historic cemetery is home to a collection of 8,000 trees. The storm toppled 150 trees and conservative estimate put the number of memorials and monuments damaged at 100. The extent of the damage won’t be truly known until all the trees are cleared. For more storm damage pictures of this National Historic Landmark, visit the Green-Wood article on the storm damage. You can donate to Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts the restoration of the memorials and monuments.

3. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Four days after Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was opened with minimal damage and areas of the garden were cordoned off to the public’s safety. The Garden lost several specimen and historically important trees. If you’d like to donate, visit the BBG’s Hurricane Sandy Relief page.

4. New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden reported over one-hundred native trees--including ancient oaks--destroyed by the storm in its initial assessment after the storm. And hundreds more trees sustained serious damage. Volunteers are always welcomed, and they’re reportedly in need of them at this time. You can also help the NYBG by becoming a member, or making a donation.

5. Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum

The Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum, established in 1989, at Georgian Court University, lost between 50 and 60 trees, and suffered damage to its sunken and Japanese garden. A historic fence, dating from the late 1800s, also sustained major damage in multiple locations due to downed trees. Director Mike Gross has uploaded several pictures detailing the damage to the arboretum to his Picasa photo album. While there is no mention of a donation page on the arboretum’s website, you can contact Dr. Mike Gross at 732.987.2373, or gross@georgian.edu, to inquire about donations and volunteering.

If you know of other public gardens, arboretums, community gardens, urban farms, and school gardens damaged by Hurricane Sandy who need help, leave the information in the comments.

5 Public Gardens Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
These 5 gardens lost ancient and historic trees, and are in need of donations and volunteers to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

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