Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"Urban Gardening in New York City"
Scott Vonderheide and Daryl Yee-Giampieri, New York City Gardeners

  • Thursday, August 12, 2021 – 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Scott and Daryl are passionate amateur gardeners residing in New York City (USDA Hardiness Zone 7b), each with several decades of gardening experience. They met nearly 10 years ago at a plant class and have since collaborated on numerous projects.

Learn about their approach to gardening in what can be a challenging environment. Specific topics will include:

  • Brownstone gardening
  • Rooftop gardening
  • Community park gardening

They will share lots of photos of their projects and favorite plants.

Scott Vonderheide's backyard garden

Scott and Daryl in a garden on top of a New York City building

About Scott Vonderheide and Daryl Yee-Giampieri

Scott Vonderheide has been a New York resident since 2002 and brownstone owner (Harlem) since 2005. He received a horticulture certificate from New York Botanical Garden. He has designed and installed and maintains several brownstone gardens and maintains the plantings in a small community park in the West Village. Scott designed and installed several garden projects outside of New York City including a restaurant in Cape Cod and a prairie garden in North Dakota.

Daryl Yee-Giampieri is a native New Yorker and has also received a horticulture certificate from the New York Botanical Garden. She designed and installed and continues to maintain a rooftop garden on top of a six-story coop building in the West Village. Daryl assisted Scott with the designs of the community park in the West Village, the brownstone gardens, the prairie garden in North Dakota, and other project outside of New York City. She continues to maintain the plantings in the community park with Scott.

Scott and Daryl are both Metro Hort (a New York City-based organization for horticulture professionals) members. Scott is a co-chair of their field trip committee.

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