2002-08-31 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks and Stones

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

"Topiary work" controls "natural flora by clipping shrubbery into fanciful animals and furniture.

Examples of this English aristocratic ornamental gardening tradition exist in this country and on Long Island.

Creeping vines like native Virginia creeper, Japanese honeysuckle and clematis, English and native poison ivies can imitate this shape forming in the natural landscape while providing useful habitat to birds and other wildlife. Creeping vines on dunes can help stabilize them as well.

The use of support trellises lets gardeners use vines to create the esthetic topiary forms.

This "Lovers Rest" park bench in 19th century Wave Crest seems to be approaching this topiary art in a controlled open space.

There has been no public attendance at a City Environmental Quality Review Meeting in conformity with Uniform Land Use Procedures required prior to development of open space like Arverne/Edgemere. NYC Housing, Development and Preservation Agency has to explain why.

Arverne/Edgemere URA continues to be mismanaged with no Environmental Impact statement for public review yet to examine the ‘topiary’ and ‘natural preservation’ mix.

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