Jefferson Market Garden
Spring Newsletter
Bill Thomas Photo
  Thank you Bill for your generosity to the Garden over the years & best wishes in your new adventure.  
  Volume 16, Number 1  
Spring 2017     
Your support of the Garden makes it possible to maintain this remarkable treasure on a third of an acre in Greenwich Village.
 Help the Garden Grow
Garden Events

Monday June 5
Friends Garden Party
By Invitation
Sunday, June 11
Magical Garden of Music & Flowers for Families
Sundays, July 9 & 16
Irish Harp & Song
Sundays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
5 pm
Free Jazz Performance

Saturday, October 7
Family Harvest Festival

Holiday Tree Lighting 
date and time 
 to be announced 
Check JMG Website Calendar

Garden Photo Gallery
Roses 2016

Fall 2016
Removing the Infected Rose Bushes

Extracting the Rose Roots
Installing the Holiday Tree



Spring Challenges
Linda Camardo Photo

     Spring is a hopeful season.  As we wait for evidence of this spring to arrive, we are feeling hopeful that our flowers, plants, trees and shrubs will rebound and provide us with the colorful flowers that we have missed through the long winter.  As we write, the leaves of tulip plants are poking through a blanket of protective snow.  We are anticipating glorious blooms so that the Garden gates will open to our table where eager volunteers will welcome you to a glorious spring garden of tulips, daffodils, azaleas, magnolias and more.    
     Last year, renewal projects, new walls and repaired pathways, improved the safety and design of our Garden, but new sod had to be replaced after a fungus invaded the lawn.  And then, our Horticulturist/Garden Designer Susan Sipos, discovered strange reddish growths (witches brooms) on our rose bushes in our newly planted Rose Garden and on well-established climbing roses on the fence.  During analysis at  Cornell University, the growth was diagnosed as Rose Rosette Disease, a viral plague that is spread by very small eriophid mites.  The remedy was to remove the infected plants, roots and all.  In keeping with the sustainable ethos of the Garden, the Rose Garden soil was carefully amended with fresh compost and new soil and left to rest until spring.  Meanwhile, Sipos is carefully choosing a variety of 3-year-old disease-free rose plants so that this summer our Rose Garden will again delight our senses with exquisite beauty and aromas.     
     Our Garden for Our Community has much to look forward to in this new season.  You, the members of our Community, make our Garden a special place of respite and peace through your generous contributions, your time volunteering and the presence of you,  your family and friends in the Garden.  We thank you all!  
     We begin the season with great hopes that our flowers will burst forth with color and continue to thrive during the year and that our Rose Garden and new Rose Arbor, supported by you through an IOBY matching grant, will dazzle us all. As always, we count on your support to make this possible.

                                        With kindest regards, 
George Paulos, Chair 
Elizabeth Butson, Vice Chair
The Members of the Jefferson Market Board
Volunteer News 
     Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to dusk, weather permitting, community volunteers greet visitors from the table inside the gate.  Mary Alice Kellogg and Jessica Hildreth, our Gate Greeter Coordinators, have begun the 2017 season by organizing the 2-hour shifts.   As always, we need a few more volunteers to fill all the shifts.

     If you can volunteer for one (1) two-hour shift per week to welcome visitors to the Garden, please send your e-mail address and best phone/cell number to Volunteer Co-Coordinator Mary Alice Kellogg at --   Thank you!  

    On Mondays and sometimes other days during off-season, other community volunteers assist our Horticulturist/Garden Designer Susan Sipos with gardening chores. We thank these hardworking volunteers and their coordinator Diane Darrow, who also helps us identify the birds that migrate through the Garden.   To see these visitors, please check our website Bird Guide.

     And we also thank the many, many other anonymous volunteers who prepare publications, create and maintain our social media, donate photos and art work, staff weddings and other Garden events, and our Board Members, who serve as stewards of the Garden.
 Thank you Volunteers! 
Gardens, Parks, Playgrounds   
Tonic for Urban Living 
by Jack Intrator, JMG Historian  
     As city dwellers, we know the soothing effect that gardens, parks and playgrounds have on us and our families as we deal with day-to-day urban stress. Jefferson Market Garden, with its intense beauty and lushness, offers us an escape from the bustling city surrounding it. So it was wonderful for me to learn that a playground figured prominently in the rehabilitation of women incarcerated in the Women's House of Detention. This structure was torn down in 1973, clearing the way for the Garden's creation in 1975.
    The House of Detention opened in 1932 and was intended to serve as a model institution for the social rehabilitation of female wrongdoers, mostly those convicted of moderate crimes such as prostitution and shoplifting. Including art was part of the plan for rehabilitation. In this case, it was a WPA-sponsored mural titled Cycle of a Woman's Life from Childhood to Womanhood 
created in 1936 by Lucienne Bloch. The mural was installed in one of the rooms in the institution.
     In her notes the artist wrote "At my first visit to the Women's House of Detention where I was assigned to paint a mural, I was made sadly aware of the monotonous regularity of the clinic tiles and vertical bars... it seemed essential to bring art to the inmates by relating it closely to their own lives... I chose the only subject which would not be foreign to them--children--framed in a New York landscape of the most ordinary kind. The tenements, the trees, the common dandelions were theirs." The mural did have a wonderful effect. The inmates began "adopting" the painted children and even gave them names.
     Due largely to overcrowding, conditions gradually worsened at the Women's House of Detention. While built to house about 200 inmates, by the end of the 1960s over 400 women were incarcerated there. The House of Detention was closed in 1971 and torn down in 1973. It is believed that the mural was demolished at that time.
Photography in the Garden
Linda Camardo  

    In 1975, visionary Greenwich Village activists took back the land where Jefferson Market, a farmers' produce market, had stood before the Women's House of Detention(1932-1973)was built and then demolished.              
                             Their dream garden is now a reality.
Celebrating 42 years in 2017 
Jefferson Market Garden is a 501 (c) (3). All donations are tax-deductible in accordance with the law.   
Village Committee for the Jefferson Market Area
  Our latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271   
      Our Garden flourishes primarily because of generous support from YOU in the contribution box, checks in the mail, clicks on our Website Support page.  
      We are grateful for our Garden Volunteers, Gate Greeters, individual donors, foundation and business  contributors, and everyone else who gives time and talent to our enchanting Garden!  We thank you all!  

George Paulos , Chair
    and the Jefferson Market Board