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A Tree (and More) Grows in The Bronx

Backyard Beauty

Did you know that the only tree ever to merit an obituary in The New York Times was The Treaty Oak, a giant white oak that lived a long life on the glorious grounds of the Bartow-Pell Mansion before it was set ablaze by an errant cigar or cigarette in 1906?  Or that the tree was replaced in 1915 with a sapling that turned out to be an elm?

Hydrangea at the North Gate

You would… if you visited this historic house, beautifully situated in Pelham Bay Park with views of Long Island Sound.  The land was orginally purchased by Thomas Pell in 1654 and the Grecian style stone mansion, which was built by Robert Bartow in 1836, was opened as a museum in 1946. Since then, visitors have strolled through the elegantly decorated rooms and admired the formal gardens and terraced lawns.

A Garden Statue

Though time and the elements have taken their toll on the once splendid gardens (thought to be prime examples of horticultural ideals of the early 20th century), a $155,000 restoration campaign in underway to rehabilitate this “Beauty in the Bronx.”

Lovely Lupine

Thanks to American Express and Partners in Preservation, we can all help this cause by voting daily for this project until May 21st.  Bloggers far and wide like The Neo-Traditionalist and Decor Arts are helping out so won’t you, too?

Fabulous Foxglove

Here’s how:
1.  Click here to go to the Partners in Preservation voting site
2.  Once there, click “By Borough” on the right hand side
3.  Click Bronx and then on the Bartow-Pell tab
4.  Click on Vote (you’ll be asked to create an account via Facebook or follow the prompts)
5.  Come back to the site daily until May 21st!

We think it’s important to preserve beautiful gardens and ensure that the next generation knows an oak from an elm… don’t you?

We Need Your Vote!

Photos via Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

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  • Reply quintessence May 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Love this!! And of course love that interesting tid bit about the Treaty Oak!! I’ve been voting every day to help out this wonderful site!! Keeping fingers crossed!

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass May 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    So gorgeous. I will vote for sure.

  • Reply designchic May 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

    What an interesting post and love that the oak received its own obituary. Heading over to do my part right now!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips May 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Such a beautiful land mark!!! Love your post in support of this treasure. Which reminds me….I’ve gotta get mine up soon!

    xoxo E

  • Reply Donna with A Designer's Perspective May 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Great cause! And I voted!

  • Reply Decor Arts Now May 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    This is beautiful Carolyn!! Thanks so very much. I am up in the mud at Brimfield —that is why I didn’t see it earlier!! Xx, Lynn

  • Reply stitchfork May 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    A beauty worth saving!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply Cynthia Brown May 10, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for the great post on Bartow-Pell!!!! I’m having fun reading some of your older posts and will definitely keep tabs on the buzz/dianejameshome…..

  • Reply Maria at May 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

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  • Reply pve May 10, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I shall indeed vote and always vote for preservation of gorgeous gardens and verdant pastures near and far. Thanks for the thumbs up!

  • Reply Karena May 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Such a gorgeous setting, a noble cause, and the flowers are stunning!

    Off to vote again!


    Art by Karena

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