Sunshine Reigns for I Love My Park Day 2017

It was a banner day for our sixth Annual “I Love My Park Day” and sunshine reigned! JHC has been a participant in this statewide community effort to get people outdoors and make a difference in the public spaces we share since its inception. Over 50 people from 5 to 65 pitched in to clean up our paths, prune shrubs, weed the 1907 herringbone apron of our Carriage House and refresh planters with deer resistant vanilla and orange petaled French marigolds.The event continues to grow thanks to our phenomenal volunteers.

Many learned how to remove invasive garlic mustard with members of the Little Garden Club. Some harvested stinging nettle alongside acclaimed forager and “Meadows and More” guru Tama Matsuoka Wong and received an autographed copy of one of her books – “Foraged Flavor” and “Scraps, Wilts and Weeds.” Con Edison volunteers showed that partnerships matter to them by turning out in force as did families, teachers and teens from the Carver Center and several Cub Scout and Brownie groups. Our favorite archaeologist, Dr. Eugene Boesch also taught some budding Indiana Jones how to search for artifacts. And for the orienteers among us, we hid our first geocache!

Thank you to Rye’s very own Longford’s Ice Cream for donating sweet sprinkled treats for all our parks stewards! See more photos on our Facebook page and Flickr Photostream
Photos by Cutty McGill