Urban Permaculture Tour
I’ve been reading Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard. So when I got an email about an Urban Permaculture Tour of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn from the New York Permaculture Meetup group, I quickly got excited about the many varieties I’d see to potentially add to my planned restoration farm. Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 and was one of the first rural cemeteries (from what I’m told this area was rural at the time). The cemetery is also the site of the Battle of Brooklyn fought in 1776. The architecture and scenery are magnificent and the downtown skyline of Manhattan is easily seen from here. The tour was sponsored by The Indoor Gardening Society of New York and it was great! I took notes and photos of many trees and also grabbed a few seeds that I can’t wait to plant.
1- Weeping Mulberry(Morus alba)
Can’t wait to come back when the Mulberries are in Season.
2 – Ginkgo Biloba
I’m really excited about this one. The seeds are piled all over the place as this is the favorite of the Racoons. I grabbed a bunch of seeds and will be growing many of these to play “Genetic Yahtzee”, selecting the best specimens for taste, vigor, yield, time to fruit,. etc.
3- Cherry Tree
Was told this was a cherry but when I scrapped the bark I didn’t have the almond like scent I’m familiar with.
4- Beech Tree
I should have looked for some beech nuts.
Here is something interesting. Injection ports placed in this tree by Cornell University. This tree suffers from some type blight or other ailment and medicines are injected right into the tree.
Raw Horse Chestnut seed is toxic. But it does have medicinal uses.
The Dawn Redwood was thought to be extinct but was rediscovered. It is one of three deciduous conifers and is fast growing.
10- Unknown Tree
This tree was Unknown to the tour guide, please comment below if you happen to know what it is.
We broke off branches by the catkin bracts and tasted the Wintergreen oils. The sap can be made into syrup just like Maple.
The Camperdown can only be grafted. Here you can see the line where the tree was grafted to the rootstock.
The tree-form of the hydrangea.
15 – Himalayan pine
Don’t have a picture,my cell phone was dieing, of the tree but here is one of the fruit. The bark looked as though it had little cubes on it. I managed to get 3 seeds that I will try my luck growing.