Spring Picnic | June 17, 2022
Spring Picnic Returns with Gardeners, Broadway Talent, and More
On June 15, 2022, our annual Spring Picnic gala returned after a two year pandemic hiatus. Guests gathered at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a beautiful night of celebrating our gardeners, supporters, and NYRP’s essential greening work across the city.
We were thrilled to honor landscape visionaries and NYRP Trustees Walter Hood (Creative Director and Founder, Hood Design Studio) and Janice Parker (Principal and Founder, Janice Parker Landscape Architects) for their critical support of our mission to ensure all New Yorkers have equitable access to green space, no matter where they live.
Frank DiLella, Emmy Award-winning journalist, hosted the program featuring performances by The Brooklyn Music School Faculty Jazz Ensemble and Broadway stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), and Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls The Musical).
This Spring Picnic also included our first-ever NYRP Garden Spotlight Awards recognizing groups who have gone above and beyond the past two years. The night’s awards went to Bette’s Rose Garden (Melrose, The Bronx) and Aberdeen Community Garden (Bushwick, Brooklyn) for Rookie of the Year; our Eastchester Road Community Garden (Eastchester, The Bronx) for Maximizing Food Production; and our Bathgate Community Garden (Tremont, The Bronx) for being a Community Hub.
In addition to beautiful performances, the evening included outdoor cocktails, a seated dinner, and demos hosted by NYRP gardeners. Guests infused their own honey with our Hendrix Street Community Garden gardener Monti Lawson, learned how to make a local summer salad with chef and Williams Avenue Community Garden gardener Kele Nkhereanye, and assembled their own terrariums with our Miraflores Community Garden gardener Alexis Henry.
You can still make a donation to ensure that all New Yorkers have equitable access to quality green spaces.
Thank you to our generous Spring Picnic supporters:
Amy Goldman Fowler and Sara Goldman Arno
Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg
Janice Parker Landscape Architects
Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere
Todd DeGarmo / STUDIOS Architecture
Hollander Design Landscape Architects
Kathy and Ben Needell
The Durst Organization
Marilyn and Jim Simons
Darcy Stacom, CBRE Group, Inc.
Margaret and Michael Valentine
Jody and John Arnhold
Samuel M. Ashner
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
David Geffen Foundation
Nikki Donen and Clifford Ross
Douglas and Susanne Durst
Janet and Thomas Montag
The Moore Charitable Foundation
Margo M. and James L. Nederlander
Katharine J. Rayner
Angelina and Michael Reali
Jon Recor and Commissioner Daniel Stewart – Retired
Betty Chen and Peter Coombe
Elaine Dannheisser Foundation
Sophie Coquillette Koven
Sophie von Haselberg and Harry Guinness
Cassie Arison and Niv Alexander
Josh and Kerri Rider
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
As of 6/15/2022
Please contact [email protected] with any Spring Picnic questions.
Photo Credit: BFA