Workday at Arthur Ashe School

The NOTG Propagators hosted a successful workday at Arthur Ashe School in Gentilly in early November.

As you can see, it was a picture-perfect day in the schoolyard! There were smiles all around as the garden work was completed. Nice job, ladies! 

Photo right: Volunteers included Cathy Cary, Ashley Bright, Dee McCloskey, Catherine Freeman, Maria Wisdom, Mary Hines and Mary Wyatt Milano.

NOTG Art Committee Butterflies are Fluttering Around

Colorful butterflies are fluttering over around Arthur Ashe School’s Edible Schoolyard thanks to some creative Town Gardeners!

The NOTG Art Committee’s butterflies are watching over the garden at Langston Hughes Academy, too!

First Joint Founders Fund Clean-up a Success

Members of Garden Study Club and New Orleans Town Gardeners got together on October 17 for the first monthly clean-up at Popp’s Bandstand in City Park.

Next workday: November 14, 2019

Garden Library News

Native Flora of Louisiana, featuring the beautiful botanical illustrations of Margaret Stones, is now on display in the Garden Library. Many thanks to Ruthie Frierson, who donated the folio-style book and invited Margaret Stones’s collaborator, Lowell Urbatsch, to sign the Garden Library’s copy.

Per LSU Press: Praised as one of the most accomplished botanical artists of the twentieth century, Margaret Stones  established a new standard for botanical illustration during her long career. In 1975, Louisiana State University chancellor Paul W. Murrill commissioned Stones to create a series of drawings of native Louisiana plants and described the outcome of that project as “a modern-day equivalent of John James Audubon’s Birds of America.” Decades after their completion, Stones’s drawings remain on display in museums and serve as an exceptional resource.

Drawn only from fresh plants gathered under the guidance of LSU professor Lowell Urbatsch, Stones’s detailed and captivating depictions remain a lasting and unprecedented study of the state’s natural beauty.

This folio edition offers a complete collection of Stones’s Louisiana illustrations on archival, acid-free paper. Paired with botanical descriptions by Urbatsch, these exceptional museum-quality reproductions of the artist’s watercolors provide intimate access to the precision and delicacy that define Stones’s mastery.

New Shed for the Dreamkeeper Garden

Excerpted from the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans website

This year, Langston Hughes Academy’s Dreamkeeper Garden has a new garden shed; students are excited about their responsibilities of collecting tools from, and returning their tools back into the shed. In addition, the fencing for the animal area has gotten an update. Not only does this mean Donkey the goat can’t escape, but more importantly, the goat and pig area is now wheelchair accessible for our students!

Thank you to the New Orleans Town Gardeners and the Fair Grounds Race Course for making these improvements possible!