The West Harlem Art Fund planned a very special garden for our upcoming season in 2020. The overall theme of Within Reach was woven in the color selections and plant materials. The predominant colors come from the modern day flags of West African nations.
The colors chosen for this garden installation as well as their meaning are :
Yellow – land, Sun
Green – land
Red – blood, revolution, effort
Blue – river, ocean, sky
White – peace, justice
Black – emancipation
Orange – land, minerals
The modern nations that represent these colors are: Cape Verde, Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Liberia.
Northeast native plants were specifically selected for the garden — Blue Lupine, Oakleaf hydrangea, Lemon bee balm, Black-eyed Susans, Purple Coneflowers, Blue Giant Hyssop, Eastern Bluestar, Sweet fern, Corabells.
This botanical curation spotlights both African and American culture.
We will let the public know when visitors can come to the island.