PlantTherapy: Queens' Own Garden of Eden

PlantTherapy: Queens' Own Garden of Eden

Jul 7, 2007

Queens Botanical on the front cover of the TONY green issue

Queens Botanical Garden has announced the arrival of its new $22 million Visitor and Adminstration Center in a big way across the city, as the subject of a Time Out New York cover and article.

The mission of their new space is to 'create sustainable systems that promote human and ecological health'. The project is laid out in detail on their website. They are set to become a resource for NYers, drawing in many of us that want to know how to live more sustainably, and showing us the role that plants (and people) can play in this process.

The TONY article mentions the fact that the new Center recycles gray water, uses a geothermal system for heating/cooling, collects rainwater for the plants, and that you can walk onto the Center's roof garden which slopes up from the ground level.

In addition to the LEED platinum rated building, the surrounding landscape will function both as 'botanical collections and functional parts of the Garden's water conservation and stormwater management systems. These include bioswales, a green roof, a cleansing biotope, and a constructed wetlands.' We'll be able to see and learn about the native plant habitats that once occupied New York City as well as their cultural and ecological roles.

The cover (TONY worried that the full nudity on the cover may lead to a boycott by some stores) and article photos are by Spencer Tunick, an installation artist who works with the orchestration of bodies on various sites around the world.

His installation for TONY/QBG will no doubt bring much attention and sensationalism to the new space. But the new QBG space deserves the true spotlight and will be a fascinating destination as the newer gardens fill out and they implement more of their projects.

matt at apartment therapy dot com

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