Wandering around on the east side of the river the other day, I came across this. The building was once one of those nondescript hunks of nothingness, contributing only negative vibes to the ambiance of the street.
A light remodel and spiffy colors brought the building into the 21st century,
But it is the landscaping that does the heavy lifting when it comes to the “Whoa! Look at that!” reaction. I should have taken a photo from the end to show the way the plantings of grasses and lavender are arranged in rows, with small deciduous trees spaced regularly throughout. I suspect they will be cutting things back soon. So glad to have happened upon it in all its billowing glory.
The undulating cement retaining wall and the rounded clumps of grass are a nice counterpoint to the straight lines of the building and the planting grid.
An alley runs between the building and its neighbor (you can see the neighboring building as a backdrop here). The planting strip there takes a more casual approach, utilizing the same plants, with a few additions, scattered more haphazardly along a dry creek bed of river stones. I will definitely be back to see it when the trees leaf out and the lavender blooms. I love the Calvin Klien-ish collection of neutrals, but when it changes into its new clothes I’m sure it will be a new kind of beautiful…and fragrant, too. If you want to see it for yourself, go to E Belmont, right across from the Grand Central Bowl.
As John Lennon warned “Life is what happens while we are making other plans”. Thus I did not make it to the Yard Garden & Patio Show as planned, but I can direct you to two outstanding bloggers who can show you and tell you all about it. Just visit Loree and/or Scott for a ringside seat with a dollop of editorializing.
I’m so excited you posted on this! I drive by this garden several times a month, and always love it. It is so lovely all year long, but never static…it’s constantly changing. I remember when they were renovating this building I was skeptical…it’s so utterly mundane…but then they put in the landscaping and I was hooked!
Uhm…wonder why I’ve never noticed this? The plantings certainly “class up” the joint.
Scott~Of course you love it…GRASSES!
Loree~It’s in a sort of out-of-the-way spot if, like me, you usually get onto Belmont somewhere further east.
I’ve seen this and loved it, too. The part with the riverbed of stones looks like it might also function as a drainage swale for the parking lot.
Jane~Beautiful AND practical Woohoo!