Last week, Brooklyn Bridge Park staff and volunteers kicked off the season with the Park’s annual Spring Spruce Up and Cutback event. After some snacks and beverages, the group began working at Pier 2. The team pulled up their sleeves to cut back overwintered grasses (Panicum), and tidy up planting beds on a sunny day that hinted at the warmer weather of the coming spring.
The Cutback is one of the most important horticulture events here at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Unlike other parks, BBP gardeners don’t trim grasses and perennials during the winter; instead, these plants are left to grow. This allows visitors to admire their growth, and lets wildlife use the overgrown grasses as food and shelter.
Volunteers and staff enjoyed having the chance to work and chat together in one of the city’s most stunning locations. Gardeners and volunteers teamed up in pairs, allowing the gardeners a chance to pass on their instruction and expertise. Volunteers arrived with a range of experience, from seasoned veterans to those gardening for the first time, but all were alike in their enthusiasm. It was a perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring in an atmosphere filled with comradery and excitement for the warmer season ahead.
Spring Spruce Up and Cutback is the official start of the Conservancy’s volunteer season. Come join us for other projects in the Park! Similar to Cutback, Green Team occurs every Saturday, April-October, from 10 AM – 12 PM. In those sessions, we’ll be weeding, cleaning tree beds, and performing other horticultural tasks to beautify the Park. There are plenty of opportunities available, so if you are interested in volunteering at Brooklyn Bridge Park, visit our volunteer page for more information, and come to one of our upcoming Volunteer Orientations.