Thursday, April 3, 2008

Walking Tours: Roosevelt Island's Magnolias and Cherry Blossoms

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society is sponsoring two short walking tours this month both with an added focus to enjoy the fauna in bloom at this time of year.

The first is this weekend, Saturday April 5th, starting at 11am, outside the Octagon and proceeding North to the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse. This tour includes the many magnolias at that end of the island. The suggested donation to the RIHS for the tour is $5.

The second tour, on Sunday April 20th, starts out at the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk located by the Tram and proceeds South along the promenade to enjoy the cherry blossoms. You don't need to travel to DC to see these flowers each year just a quick visit to Roosevelt Island.

I am guessing part of the tour will discuss how these trees came to the island as I don't believe they are indigenous to the space. I have pictures in my mind of the inmates lounging under the trees between their daily line-ups for the warden. I am assuming the trees were planted during the early years after Goldwater was constructed. To learn the real answers come on down to the tour.

Watch for posters and announcements regarding the start time for the April 20th tour.

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