09 May '11, 4am

Wildflower Week in New York City? - Treehugger

Wildflower Week in New York City? - Treehugger

Marielle, who worked for six years as botanist with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, before starting her own landscape company, Drosera , was inspired to start Wildflower Week in New York City after witnessing the local controversy that erupted when two hawks, nicknamed Pale Male and Lola by NYC birders, were almost evicted from their perch by the President of an Upper East Side co-op after making a nest there. The uproar was considerable—protesters carrying posters gathered in front of the building, and the musician Steve Earle even wrote a song about Pale Male . Meanwhile, in the sandy coastal plains of Staten Island, few people knew that a plant that was GLOBALLY rare, Torrey's Mountainmint was in danger. (Fortunately the plant is still there, but not because people rallied around it.)

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