When the concrete jungle was green
August 10, 2011
New York City is now considered a concrete jungle, and its tall buildings, expansive sidewalks and roads make it difficult to imagine that it was once covered in forests, fields and marshes.
But it was. In fact, it was the scent of wildflowers wafting over the Hudson from Manhattan that disoriented early Dutch sailors, according to The New York Times. However, the blooming plant diversity did not last. The area that once boasted 1,357 plant species now hosts 778.
Some, such as the Round-Leaved Sundew, which has leaves rimmed with sticky glands that catch insects, grew in the bogs of Brooklyn up until 1952, when the bogs were filled and developed. Others, such as the Rose Pink, had been gone for decades before being rediscovered 11 years ago in a roadside meadow on Staten Island. The light pink, flowy petals flower from July through September and are also found in Connecticut, according to the Connecticut Botanical Society.
Flower gifts are a great way to remind people of nature's beauty. A floral arrangement is especially valuable to a New Yorker, who has little contact with nature.
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