Wednesday, October 12, 2011

From the Archives: Fall Colors in Black and White

In this post, BPC's archivist, Anne Kumer, shares some park history. This post also appears on NYC Circa, a history blog about New York City and its public spaces.

Just in time for fall, our horticulturists plant Chrysanthemums in the park. Here is a flashback to another time when the flowers made a regular appearance in the gardens and on the lawn.

Leftover from the Robert Moses / 1934 renovation, the tall hedges became a corral for an assortment of Chrysanthemums in October 1943.


























A closer view



























And a super close-up. As my high school photography teacher Mac (short for McInyre, and he looked like a gold rush prospector w/ a penchant for flannel shirts and beards) would have complimented the nice film exposure -- not too dark or light, with a wide range of greys.
























Our Director of Horticulture, Maureen Hackett pointed out that this is a mix of chrysanthemums. The more star shaped flower is a Korean mum, which adds texture and interest to the cluster.


**All photos: New York City Parks Photo Archive

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