The sense of community pride and love of nature and Bronxville is what I love most about this organization.
Actively making this beautiful Village even more beautiful
The BBC is responsible for the renovation and upkeep of countless public areas in town. The organization has transformed numerous unkempt public spaces into flower gardens and green oases.
Beautification Across Public Spaces within the Village of Bronxville
The Council continues to be a completely volunteer organization with no overhead expenses and to work closely with Village Hall, seeking its input and its approval. Examples of recent BBC projects include:
Inspired by BBC co-founders, Alice and Burton Pollin, a patch of grass in the middle of a roundabout was turned into a visually appealing fountain with lush shrubs surrounding the fountain base and grass perimeter. The BBC put in the initial funds to start this project and supervised the entire construction and subsequent plantings. Since its completion, the fountain Oval has established itself as the epicenter to the west entrance to downtown Bronxville. If not for the BBC, this calming fountain would not exist today.
Each year downtown Bronxville comes alive with a beautiful array of vibrantly colored flower gardens, public spaces, and flower planters. The BBC working with a landscaper determine the design and colors of the plantings, prepare the soil each year with materials, do the plantings, check on the plantings throughout the growing season and replace dead plants and de-weed when necessary. Through the BBC’s fundraising efforts, every year these spring plantings become a reality.
Working in cooperation with the Village Department of Works (DPW), the BBC identifies choice Village trees to prune. Working with a local arborist, trees are pruned and maintained to ensure their long-term survival while improving upon the attractiveness of the local community to businesses and residents.
The Bronxville Northeast Railroad Bank
Working with the Village DPW, the BBC initiated a major multiple year project to rid the railroad banks of dead brush and tree limbs. Trees were pruned, stones strategically placed to shore up soil and rain runoff, ivy and daffodils planted, and a biodegradable mesh was installed to hold the soil until the ivy took hold. A new irrigation system design was developed in cooperation with the DPW to ensure the watering did not drown the ivy and daffodils, thus ensuring the yellow daffodils make a brave show each spring.
Bronxville Post Office
Working with the local USPO Superintendent and Village Government, the BBC undertook a full refurbishment of the Post Office public area. Rose bushes were planted, new lawn seed was spread, square planters were purchased and placed at the entrance to the post office, and a new irrigation system was installed. New benches were also installed at the foot of the entrance to the post office. Finally, a maintenance agreement with Village Hall was negotiated to prevent damage to the rose bushes and lawn.
Leonard Morange Park & Traffic Circle
Across from the Bronxville Train Station, the BBC purchased large planters which were installed in the park and in a small street triangle by the hospital and Fountain Oval and supported by an irrigation system that sprays water into the planters. Each spring working with a landscaper, a color palette is selected and flowers planted to showcase a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Downtown Planters Project
You may have noticed new flower planters throughout the business area of the Village last summer. That’s more work by the BBC! Last spring we undertook a major rethinking of how the planters are placed and used. With the help of the DPW, we identified new locations, moving them to more visible spots, painting them and planting them with summer flowers. In the fall, the plantings were changed to evergreens & ivy. This year we plan to add more planters and continue this initiative, which added so much beauty to the downtown-shopping area of our charming Village.
Biennial Garden Party
A local resident generously opens up their beautiful garden as the venue for a garden party where neighbors, friends, and other garden enthusiasts can mingle while sampling hors d’oeuvres and summer cocktails in the atmosphere of a beautiful Bronxville garden. Guests are entertained with music and sometimes a brief lecture by an area botanist. Proceeds from the garden party are used to fund the BBC projects.
The plantings and trees make our community vibrant and warm.
I always count on the BBC to remind me of the beautiful colors of nature in the flowers that they arrange for the town that brightens everyone’s day.