Anne Raver Has Ruined My Life


Nygarden_1 The only thing keeping Garden Rant from being an entirely East Coast operation was the impression (apparently mistaken) that it would be impossible to have a real garden in Manhattan.

Well, there were a few other obstacles–most notably lack of funds–but since when does that stop anyone from dabbling in overpriced real estate?  If it wasn’t for the lack of a garden, I’ve always said, I’ll bankrupt myself to move to New York, the city I love.  Now, thanks to Anne Raver, I may have to do just that.

Nygarden2According to her story in today’s Times, all it takes to have an honest-to-god front porch, and a butterfly-and-ladybug festooned meadow to go with it, is a nice little building in Greenwich Village with a sturdy roof. 

Well, it also took almost $15,000, not to mention 2200 sedum plants, one of the only plants that will thrive on a living roof.

Is it possible to love sedum that much?  With that view, I’d adjust.  Put a chicken coop up there and my bags are packed, baby.


  1. Yeah, I saw this in the Times today. I don’t think it can be over-emphasized:

    That garden IS the roof!

    I have the image of New York City transformed. Today we have rowhouses with asphalt roofs and street flooding every time it rains. In the future we have greenbelts running down both sides of every street … four stories up. From above, they merge with the street trees and backyards, creating a nearly unbroken expanse of greenery across square miles of the city.

    The heat island effect is reduced, roofs are insulated from hot and cold, energy demands stop rising, wildlife returns to the city …

    It’s late, and I’m about to go to sleep. Let me dream …

  2. Now if every building in the city could either have a rooftop garden or solar panels on top, just think of how green the cities could be in several senses of the word.

  3. From Bevis Longstreth. Email address is [email protected]
    In Garrison New York, we have a explosion of lady bugs on a large window over kitchen sink facing south. It is a population that keeps expanding across the glass and particularly where glass meets wood molding above. Knowing the value of lady bugs in the garden, I don’t want to distrub them, but have no idea what their life span is or whether suffering as their landlord through the winter will enable me to have more of them around in the garden come spring. Our neigbor collects them for destruction with a powerful vacuum cleaner hose. I don’t want to do that if there is a good chance they will help me in spring and summer. If so, I don’t mind some crunchy lady bugs adding flavor to our scrambled eggs now and then. Please advise.

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