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Historic Stone Mill’s Restoration, including Stormwater Treatment, Hillside of 10,000 Native Plants, and Preservation of Bronx River, Celebrated at The New York Botanical Garden

September 18 & 19
New York Botanical GardenTHE BRONX, NY, September 14, 2010 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 & 19, in collaboration with The New York Landmarks Conservancy, Landmarks and Landscapes: History Tours at The New York Botanical Garden offers visitors behind-the-scenes access to the recently dedicated Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, adjacent millrace and Bronx River, and surrounding landmarks, gardens, and collections. The tram and walking tours are included in Garden admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.nybg.org/stone_mill.php

New York Botanical Garden

The 170-year-old Stone Mill, restored over the last two years with leadership funding from The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust and The Amy P. Goldman Foundation, was built in 1840 by the Lorillard family and designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 and a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The Goldman Stone Mill is one of New York City’s most picturesque pre-Civil War industrial buildings.

Integral to the restoration project, an intricate landscape design and restoration plan for the adjacent hillside treats stormwater runoff into the Bronx River and utilizes native species in the extensive plantings. The project incorporates several “green infrastructure” features that, in support of the Garden’s sustainability initiatives, will capture and clean stormwater that flows from the Stone Mill landscape into the Bronx River, prevent erosion, and stabilize the river shoreline.

Plantings feature native species, primarily Northeast forest plants, throughout the restoration landscape, all surrounding the dramatic sycamore standing near the Stone Mill since the mid-1800s. Herbaceous plants carpeting the slope frame views of the Mill from the adjacent bridge and outward into the landscape from its interior locations and the terrace along the Bronx River.

The Stone Mill is available for meetings and social gatherings, and provides much-needed office space for Horticulture curatorial staff. The Stone Mill’s restoration maintains the mid-19th-century industrial character on the exterior while, in the three-floor interior, equips it with modern building systems creating a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified structure that meets the Silver standard.

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad or subway. For more information, visit www.nybg.org

The New York Botanical Garden is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. A portion of the Garden’s general operating funds is provided by The New York City Council and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Bronx Borough President and Bronx elected representatives in the City Council and State Legislature provide leadership funding.

Media Contact: Karl Lauby 718.817.8637/8616; klauby@nybg.org