Jefferson Market Garden Newsletter
Volume 12, Number 2
Winter 2013     

Everything is coming up ROSES!

Rose Garden Renewal
    38 years ago, Pamela Berdan was the original designer of our Garden. The footprint in the Garden for roses has remained the same in deference to her contribution to our space, but has expanded significantly.

    Now our Board member Elizabeth Butson, because of her love of roses, has provided seed money to restore the Rose Garden from the ground up.          

    The Rose Garden site will remain the same, but soil, irrigation system and the roses themselves will be replaced to ensure vitality & viability of this historic space. Your gift will make this a reality.


You are invited to ...

the Garden.
Donations in all amounts are welcome. Each one matters.
via our  Support Page. 
your tax-deductible contribution to:      
Jefferson Market Garden  
70A Greenwich Ave. 
PMB 372 
New York, NY 10011


See photos of recent events, dates of events to come, our new Bloom Guide and more.

For a special Garden Wedding, contact our booking department.
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Rose photos from Laurie Moody's JMG archive

Elizabeth Butson & friend volunteering

Photo by Alexis Camp

  Photo by Laurie Moody

Photo by Linda Camardo

Photo by Maggie Berkvist

Photo by Linda Camardo

Photo by Laurie Moody

Photo by Linda Camardo
Photo by Linda Camardo 

Photo by Linda Camardo

Photo by Laurie Moody

Photo by Laurie Moody

Preschool class visit

Photo by Fredda Tone

Photo by Laurie Moody

Photo by Patty McInnis

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Photo by Linda Camardo

Photo by Laurie Moody

Photo by Linda Camardo

Photo by Laurie Moody

Photo by Maggie Berkvist

George Paulos Chairman

Photographs donated by

Maggie Berkvist
Linda Camardo
Alexis Camp

Patty McInnis
Laurie Moody
Bill Thomas
Fredda Tone

Greetings Friends and Fans
of Jefferson Market Garden!

    Photo by Linda Camardo

     Looking through the fence on cold March days, we spied white snowflake flowers, purple, white and yellow crocus, dusty rose hellebores, blue muscari and trumpeting yellow daffodils that thrilled us after the dullness of winter. And then in April the tulips, sleek and broad, fringed and plain, demure and flamboyant burst forth in a glorious show. And the trees woke up and gave us white and pink-tinged magnolia blossoms on almost bare branches and later their petals carpeted our walkways. Spring had arrived and the Garden was already open.

 Photo by Sheela Divgi
     Last year with your help, we replaced two trees and several shrubs. A special joy in the garden this Spring, was watching our new Stewartia tree bud, leaf and present its large white flowers. As the season progressed, our 100% natural garden began to reach for the sky with flowering plants taller than our gardeners and visitors. It became a perfect setting for our visitors and Friends.

Stewartia Blossom

     Now we are planning for the next season. Our bulbs have been planted and are preparing for another surprising Spring flower show. However, we have been worrying over our Rose garden for several years. It was part of the Garden's original design, but it sits on top of rubble from the Women's House of Detention. As a result, its soil has lost its nutrients and the irrigation system needs to be updated so that in the future, new rose bushes can thrive and rival our magnificent climbing New Dawn and Don Juan roses that adorn our fences and curve over our arbor above a favorite bench.      


Don Juan Roses                     New Dawn Roses

    Horticulturist and Garden Designer Susan Sipos and the Jefferson Market Garden Board take their stewardship and maintenance of the Garden to heart. Our Board member Elizabeth Butson recognized the critical necessity for this Rose Garden restoration and provided seed money for the project.   


    Please consider adding your support to this activity that is vital to preserving our community treasure.  

     I extend my gratitude to you for your past support and active participation, and ask you to consider a tax-deductible contribution at this time. Your gift will mean much to the financial stability of the Garden as it moves forward renewing traditional plantings, sustaining and conserving our plants and trees and innovating for a bright, colorful future.   


Garden Events for the Community   


Harvest Festival Photos by Linda Camardo    


       In keeping with our commitment to the children of our Community, Alexis Camp offered curriculum-based educational experiences for whole classes from PS 41, St. Joseph's School and Village Preschool Center.  


      Again this year, Christine Gros provided leadership for our annual Children's Harvest Festival on October 19th: Free pumpkins from Citarella! Free Crafts and games provided by Project Art and assisted by the 6th Precinct's  

NYC Law Enforcement Explorers, Post 2206 led by Celines Lebron,  and several Garden Volunteers! Free entertainment provided by Frank Collerius and the Jefferson Market Library! And the Citarella Cookie Decoration booth, set up by Bob Allen, Director of Catering at Citarella, was again a major success with children and parents.  


     And now you can see a movie of photos of the Festival by photographer Linda Camardo via a link on our Website or on our Facebook page!

The Garden thanks everyone that helped make this the premier event for Village kids.   

Photo by Patty McInnis   


     Where do our glorious tulips and daffodils come from? A dedicated group of volunteers from ING Financial Services  spend a Fall Saturday planting an amazing number of new, spring-flowering bulbs. We thank them now for the planting and will thank them again when the flowers welcome us back to the garden in the Spring.  

Photo by Alexis Camp    

     For the third year, the artist Marianne Yoors organized our unique Adopt -A-Pot benefit for the Garden. The Garden is grateful for the exquisite pottery donated by Marianne and other talented and generous Greenwich House Potters, for the Garden Volunteers that arrayed the pots along the borders of the Garden for visitors to admire and take home, and for the donation of a watercolor by Anna Siok

for a successful raffle. 


     For many years, Garden visitors have been treated to classical guitar music provided by our long time friend Eric Oxendine. Bravo! Also, Bill Thomas and Fredda Tonecreate and donate the cards that are available at the front table. Beautiful work! Thank you all!

                  Garden Volunteers

     Volunteers are essential to the operation of our Garden. Every Monday when the Garden is closed to the community, a group of Volunteer Gardeners coordinated by Diane Darrow, under the professional guidance of Horticulturist Susan Sipos, are working magic in the Garden. Tuesday through Sunday throughout our season, weather permitting, Gate Volunteers coordinated by Kacie Carl, welcome visitors. The garden honored these treasured volunteers at a September Garden Party.   



 Missing our Great Friend  


     You may already know that the Garden was begun almost 40 years ago by a group of Village activists who had pressured the City to tear down the Women's House of Detention and then saw possibilities in the rubble-filled space.   Among that group were Allen Pilikian, Vice Chairman of the Garden Board, Martin Hutner, a stalwart Board member, and Ruth Sprute, a long-term Board member, Secretary and Volunteer. Ruth passed away this year. Ruth not only gardened here, she also gave us wise advice about plants and flowers and doing what was best for the Garden. She was a great friend of the Garden and a great friend of all those who had the good fortune to work with her. We planted Autumn Ferns by the greenhouse in her memory, but we miss her wisdom and the twinkle in her eye.

Special Thanks to Gate Donors, Garden Friends and Godparents

    Finally, we thank all of our donors, gate visitors, Garden Friends, Garden Godparents and local organizations. There is a direct link between the support we receive and the beauty of the Garden. Your support fertilizes and cares for our trees, flowers, shrubs and lawn. In addition, this year your gift will be especially important for the restoration of our Rose Garden.  


    Blessings to each of you in this season of light and hope. Whether we decorate our homes with a Menorah, a Christmas tree or just a warm glow, we rejoice with our friends in the gifts we treasure most: joy, peace and love.


George Paulos


Chairman, The Jefferson Market Garden 
and the Jefferson Market Garden Board

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   


Photo by Bill Thomas
Enduring Beauty Since 1975