Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

Uptown Grand Central Tree Care

image4Did you know that Uptown Grand Central employs a full-time street cleaner to tackle the trash along East 125th Street? It’s a big job, so on Saturday, June 2, from 2-4 p.m., we’re calling on YOU to help us beautify the block from Fifth to Madison avenues.

We’ll be turning the soil, mulching and planting new plants in our tree boxes. All volunteers will be provided gloves and a free T-shirt. Contact us at if you’d like to get in on the action!


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15 Shade Tolerant Vegetables

Make the most of your shady garden space with these 15 shade tolerant vegetables. All they require is four hours of sunlight a day, or even less!

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Butterfly Wiki Links

The Butterfly Project

In case you missed it, below are Butterfly Wiki Links. You can also find them permanently in Butterfly Project blog sidebar. I thought as Spring has sprung and my last post was about host plants for caterpillars , I might as well make the cocoon, er, connection – cv

Pipevine Swallowtail
Zebra Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail
Black Veined White
Sara Orange Tip
Falcate Orange Tip
Orange Sulphur
Clouded Yellow
Purplish Copper
Coral Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Olive Hairstreak*
Brown Elfin
Gray Hairstreak
Eastern Tailed Blue
American Snout
Question Mark
Mourning Cloak

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The Plants Caterpillars Eat

I am adding several herbs as host plants to the Monarch Waystation at Bissel Gardens.

The Butterfly Project

Common Butterflies and the Plants Their Caterpillars Eat

imageSo you’ve worked hard to create a butterfly garden and it seems to be abuzz with lots of pollinators but there aren’t a lot of butterflies beyond 3 or 4 of the usual suspects. Did you do something wrong? Consider the life of a butterfly. They eat, mate and lay eggs. You’ve included lots of nectar plants in your garden but have you considered the host plants for their caterpillars? Host plants are not as common or as attractive as flowers/nectar plants. You may have to work a little harder to get more fly time by butterflies. Below is a list of common butterflies and the plants their caterpillars eat. Consider adding some of them as a second phase to your Butterfly Garden.

Acmon Blue – buckwheat, lupines, milkvetch
American Painted Lady – cudweed, everlast
Baird’s Swallowtail – dragon sagebrush
Black Swallowtail

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Green Neighborhood: Edenwald – Forest Restoration

Seton Falls Park, Bronxbissel_kids_with_trees

Saturday, May 19, 2018
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Crawford Avenue and Boller Avenue in Seton Falls Park

Join NYC Parks Stewardship Team’s monthly Green Neighborhood event to protect natural areas and street trees in Edenwald, Bronx! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help protect the forest and create a healthier ecosystem.

Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please bring your own water bottle to this event.

Please note: Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.

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About Community Greens

It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view.


Chuck Vasser

Blacks In Green

There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

Bronx River Sankofa

Morgan Powell

Smiling Bellies
The First Day of SpringMarch 20th, 2018
What are you planting today?

Upcoming Events

  • Bissel Gardeners Meeting July 7, 2018 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Volunteer @ Bissel Gardens July 14, 2018 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Bombazo Dance Co / The Sabrosura Effect July 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm St. Ann’s Ave. & 146th St., Bronx, 11413

The CG Fit Chick

Cog Blogging

Bronx Fixed is Back! - BxFxd

Community Consulting

A green roof is partially or completely covered with vegetation, such as sedum, planted in a growing medium over a waterproof membrane. Green roofs are can help insulate your house, reduce water runoff, filter pollutants, and cool the air. The typical green roof isn’t meant to be walked on. A roof garden, whether or not it has flowerbeds, is meant to be visited and enjoy.

Green Tips


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“Even though this planet is round, there are just too many spots where you can find yourself hanging onto the edge, unless there’s some space, some place to take a breather for a while.” –Gloria Naylor


The Future of Spofford

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The Black Caucus Of IAABO

The Black Caucus Of IAABO

The Black Caucus of IAABO. originated at the Fall Convention of IAABO that took place in Atlanta, Ga in 1987. In Jimm Paull’s (Bd #42), room in the Colony Square Hotel were Buddy Keaton, and Ken Jordan (Bd #37) from New York City. .


Life & Basketball

Fried Chicken & Philosophy


The Butterfly Project