All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up


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Norma Desmond may have been over the hill, but here in early July some of the stars of Battery Rooftop Garden are in their prime.

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Nature at landscape scale, such as the views of New York Harbor from the roof, can be sublime and inspiring. But I am convinced that the most profound appreciation of the natural world grows out of close observation.

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The scale of the smaller vegetable garden, and especially a roof top garden, is particularly conducive to this kind of intimate interaction.   All urban spaces are compressed, and the forced communion with plant life in a city garden is qualitatively different from the way we interact with plants in the open spaces of the country.  My advice, look closely.

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Ready for their close-up? You betcha . . .

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2 Responses to All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up

  1. Inspired by you, we now have a tiny “shed-roof” garden where lettuce, beans, grape tomatoes, dill and hot peppers are beginning to sprout… you will have to come over and have a salad!

  2. Margaret Sulivan says:

    You and your rooftop garden are totally amazing!! Happy summer and happy healthy eating!
    xxoo M.

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