02/18/16 8:53am


People often ask me ways they can financially support efforts to bring back the City of Newburgh. Yesterday, a campaign was announced to raise funds to bring back to life an empty lot that is located at the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street by Safe Harbors of the Hudson.

They are calling it Safe Harbors Green, an innovative, green space in the center of Newburgh’s downtown that will serve as a fully accessible urban park; an animated gathering place for markets, festivals, public art and performance, community connection, contemplation and recreation.

An Indiegogo page has been set up to collect the remaining donations needed to make this park a reality. You can also donate through the Safe Harbors website, or by mailing them a check.

Construction is scheduled to begin May 2, and completion is anticipated by the fall. The future park is in a critical location for the City of Newburgh. Located at the crossroads of the two major streets of Newburgh’s revitalization, this park will fully represent what it has naturally become – a gathering place in the heart of the city. Make your donation today!


09/25/14 7:30am

Joshua Brown 2

Fall is in the air.  That means mums, sunflowers, and daisies. Joshua Brown has already starting adding some of these flowers to his urban garden in the Heights. Not only do they make his house look amazing, they uplift the neighborhood as well. Wouldn’t it be great if more neighbors caught the gardening bug? The Vespa isn’t so bad either.

Photos © Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown 1

09/11/14 4:00pm


This press release was just received and it’s too good not to share. You must be part of a garden organization. Get your free bulbs to make Newburgh beautiful!

We at Hudson Valley Garden Association love spring bulbs for being a low maintenance, cost effective way to add early flowers to the garden that return year after year. Our two newest programs – the Bulb Donation Project and Bonus Bulbs – provide an opportunity for garden organizations and civic groups who perform public planting in our communities to receive free bulbs donated by HVGA. These programs coincide with our second annual Bulb Sale fundraiser and free bulb classes.

We’re excited to make these donations, and wanted to make sure your organization and community did not miss out on this opportunity! Links are provided to all relevant forms and information, but please email info@hvga.org if you have further questions.

Bulb Donation Project
Hudson Valley Garden Association will donate bulbs to one Mid-Hudson Valley not-for-profit garden or civic organization per county (Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam) for public planting and civic beautification purposes. Bulb packages include:
– 25 Allium “Purple Sensation” – Showstopping, 4” violet-purple globes bloom in May.
– 600 Daffodil “Dutch Master” – The best classic yellow daffodil available.
– 250 Grape Hyacinths – Blue, low-growing favorite is great with daffodils or along paths.
This program is co-sponsored by ADR Bulbs, one of the nation’s biggest importers of flower bulbs located in Chester, NY.

Bonus Bulbs
Hudson Valley Garden Association will donate an additional 100 daffodil bulbs to up to five Mid-Hudson Valley not-for-profit garden or civic organizations that place bulb fundraiser orders of $75 or more for public planting purposes. Orders can be placed online or by mail.

Applications must be received before October 3, 2014.
Download Bulb Donation Project application
Download Bonus Bulbs application

Spring Blooming Bulbs Class – FREE!
Learn how to select, plant and care for spring bulbs. This class will introduce gardeners to the wide variety of bulbs that thrive in Hudson Valley gardens and offer design tips on where and how to incorporate bulbs into your existing garden for greatest effect. Presentation is for both experienced and beginner gardeners. Pre-registration required, space is limited.
– Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10am: Montgomery Place, Red Hook, NY. Register here.
– Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10am: Chester Public Library, Chester, NY. Register here.

Photo by NR flickr pool user Steven Rosas

04/03/14 11:30am


With the support of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Land Bank is going to be sprucing up La Vida Community Garden on the corner of Chambers and First and is seeking individuals and families to participate!  The beds will cost $10 for the season and everything will be provided–seeds, water, tools, and technical support from Cornell Master Gardeners.  All skill levels are welcome! Anyone interested can email mfletcher@newburghcommunitylandbank.org or leave a message at 845-569-7350.

03/26/14 7:30am

Armory Gardens

Garden plots now available at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. We have shown you in previous posts some of the great work that happened there last year. It’s great to see it continuing another year. You will receive free seeds and free gardening advice. In essence free produce if you maintain your plot.

For more details call 845-245-4035