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NYC ACGA Garden Tours

  • Subject: [cg] NYC ACGA Garden Tours
  • From: Grow19@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 15:41:20 EDT

Who knows what the reasons are.  There are SO, SO many gardens in NY and they 
may have any # of ideas.

My recommendations:
1.For gardens like Clinton, it is very very easy for you to go visit, perhaps 
not to get inside if there aren't open hours, but to find, to feel 
comfortable in the neighborhood, etc.  Perhaps is would be helpful for ACGA 
to make available a written directory (quite the formidible task in itself) 
of gardens that people can visit on their own.

2.It would be good for the tours to be sure to include gardens that are 
interesting and valuable to see and are either hard to get to or are in 
neighborhoods that are less likely for people to go to on their own -- either 
because they are far flung or a bit scary (i know this is completely 
dependent on what you are used to, but face it, some parts of NY are less 
comfortable for 'tourists' than others)

3.I would suggest that ACGA include in the 'directory' the public gardens -- 
all of them -- and leave all of them off the tours.  Over the years, I have 
been most intersted in seeing gardens that demonstrate the involvement of 
neighborhood people, that demonstrate interesting structures and garden art 
(so much of this in NY!), that solve problems, that are multi-ethnic, etc.  
In the same way, I have really disappointed with tours that have taken up 
time at 'the lovely local botanic garden' that I could easily find in a 
tourist guide and go to on my own.  I take the tours to help me with my work.

4.Given the likelihood that lots of people attending the NY conference are 
going to be eager to see lots of gardens, perhaps various local folks could 
stand hosting additional post-conference tours over several days.  Easy for 
me to say - I won't be an exhausted New Yorker who just survived running a 
conference.  As a visitor, I would likely gladly sign up for tours of gardens 
for a whole week!  Gardens in NY are really really inspirational.  I'd even 
pay for these tours.  

Judy Tiger
Washington DC  

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