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River of Flowers in North America!
As a Travelling Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Kathryn Lwin, founder director of River of Flowers, was given the opportunity to visit cities in North America, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee and San Francisco, research innovative and inspiring projects growing wild native plants and edibles in the urban landscape, and map these in new Rivers of Flowers ....... read her tales of the cities below. Find out more about the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
New York has many ‘rivers’ of wildflowers. A ribbon of sassafras and chokeberry trees flows along an elevated railway track floating above the city streets where the misty fronds of switchgrass bring the prairie to the heart of Manhattan. Bomb debris and rubble landfill transported from Coventry during the Second World War lies forever hidden beneath the pale sands of a marine park in Brooklyn, covered by newly planted costal wild plants such as marsh goldenrod, reclaiming the land from the alien, invasive reed beds. Butterfly milkweed sparkles in parks all over the city where rosy serviceberry trees and sumac also shine. Sidewalk rain gardens blossom and sprawl with catmint and mountain mint while sunflowers and coneflowers partner the peppers, luscious in red, green and yellow Rasta colours, growing six stories high in an urban rooftop farm in Queens. A meadow blooms in the centre of Central Park!
Street Level in NYC: Pocket Parks, Honey Locust Trees & Hostas
Tales of the Unexpected: Marine Park, Common Reed & Marsh Goldenrod
The 'river' in River of Flowers is an evocative way of describing the planting of urban meadows in 'trails' or 'rivers' of floral forage for bees, butterflies and other insect pollnators. It describes the flight path of the pollinators as much as it does the flow of wildflowers.
An urban meadow is our term for a diverse collection of native wildflowers, even wild flowering trees, and their pollinators growing in any viable urban space from balconies to bus stops, community gardens to churchyards, pavements to parks, orchards to overpasses and roofs to roundabouts, all creating routes and even bridges for bees!
A bee has no borders or boundaries. It does not distinguish between wildflowers or cultivated edibles, between public or private land, and between wildflower gardens or what has sprung up naturally. Wherever a wildflower grows and a bee can forage, there is the River of Flowers.
Let us know about the innovative and inspiring ways you are growing wildflowers and edibles in your city!
Image taken from the Highline Walking Tour © Friends of the Highline