Help Sustain New York City Landmark Gardens: Enter Our Partners in Preservation Contest for Chance to Win $50!

May 15, 2012 by

If awarded  funds from the Partners in Preservation grant, The New York Botanical Garden hopes to conduct a comprehensive restoration of the Rock Garden Cascade.

Urban Gardens wants to give you a $50 American Express gift card for entering this week’s contest sponsored by Partners in Preservation!

The Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx enjoys a terraced garden and an enclosed formal garden with beautiful stone walls on three sides. If awarded grant funds, they will restore the garden with a sustainable maintenance plan to reduce upkeep while preserving the intent of the original design.

Easy to Win
All you have to do is share in the comments section below this post who you voted for in the Partners in Preservation program and we will select five winners on Friday, May 18 at 5:00pm.

Through climbing vines at sunset, a view from The High Line of  the Frank Gehry building aglow. Grant would be used for restoration of the Tenth Avenue Square sunken overlook deck and stairway repair. Photo: Robin Horton, Urban Gardens.

Grants for Our Country’s Historic Places
The Partners in Preservation Program is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. This year the program is taking place in New York City and 40 sites across the five boroughs have been selected to participate. We’ve already covered two of the 40 sites: The Japan Society and The Louis Armstrong House Museum, and will be publishing about another site on May 21.

If awarded a grant, The Queens County Farm Museum will use funds for the restoration of the 220 year-old farmhouse’s windows and roof. Photo: Robin Horton, Urban Gardens.

Help Preserve New York City History
You can help your favorite site vie for their share of the $3 million preservation grant by voting online once a day every day until May 21 at 11:59pm. Your votes support your favorite NYC places and offer them a chance to receive needed grant funding.

Entry Details
Share which sites you voted for in the comment section of this post below. From those who shared their votes, we’ll pick five winners at random on Friday, March 18 at 5:00PM. Entrants must be 18 years old. Good luck!


  1. Georgis said:

    I voted for the Jefferson Market Library.

    — May 15, 2012 @ 20:17

  2. Emmon said:

    Oh my! The rock garden cascade is just stunning! What a wonderful cause!

    — May 15, 2012 @ 21:37

  3. Annette said:

    I voted for the Louis Armstrong home based on your article.

    — May 16, 2012 @ 07:15

  4. Mary W said:

    I voted for the Bartow-Pell Mansion restoration of the terraced gardens with a sustainable plan. Built in 1836-1842, this beautiful garden needs our help!

    — May 16, 2012 @ 07:42

  5. patty sechi said:

    I vote for the rock garden cascade.

    — May 16, 2012 @ 08:04

  6. Jay Geneske said:

    While all are worthwhile, I voted for the Queens Farm.

    — May 16, 2012 @ 08:26

  7. Cathie Andress said:

    So many worthy choices but I voted for the NYBG which holds a special place in my heart.

    — May 16, 2012 @ 09:42

  8. Eunju Namkung said:

    I cast my vote for the Bartlow-Pell Mansion. I wish it the best!

    — May 16, 2012 @ 12:20

  9. Scot said:

    Cool cause! Just tweeted this out on @lochnessponds

    It looks like the “online” link above is broken. Was it pointing to here: ?

    — May 16, 2012 @ 13:51

  10. Corki said:

    I voted for the Bronx Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center.
    Very cool looking building!
    Thanks for the new link Scot!

    — May 16, 2012 @ 15:15

  11. Cheryl said:

    I voted for the Highline! It has brought an exciting new point of interest to the city and in very accessable to the public.

    — May 16, 2012 @ 17:31

  12. Lita Sollisch said:

    Louis Armstrong House Museum – I can hear Louie now – Blow your horn, lou

    d and clear!

    — May 16, 2012 @ 18:02

  13. Michelle Madonna said:

    I am voting for the NYBG restoration of the Rock Garden Cascade. Though I live in LA now, my heart is always in New York, where I am from. Many special memories at the NYBG. 🙂

    — May 16, 2012 @ 18:13

  14. Kimberly Russell said:

    voting for the NYBG restoration of the Rock Garden Cascade. this is just amazing to look at.

    — May 16, 2012 @ 18:21

  15. allison said:

    nybg rockgarden

    — May 16, 2012 @ 18:33

  16. patricia caradonna said:

    My vote goes to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine.

    — May 16, 2012 @ 18:37

  17. Catherine Grison said:

    Bonjour! I voted for the transportation of the Coney Island B&B Carousell back to Brooklin! I love carousells, still! 😉

    — May 16, 2012 @ 21:50

  18. Rosario said:

    I voted for the Rock Garden Cascade at the NY Botanical Garden

    — May 17, 2012 @ 00:49

  19. Monna Lee said:

    Hands down, the New York Botanical Garden. Sustainability for the ecosystem.

    — May 17, 2012 @ 12:25

  20. Monna Lee said:

    New York Botanical Garden! Sustainability for our ecosystem!

    — May 17, 2012 @ 12:28

  21. Sabrina Buttitta said:

    While the NYBG and the HL are both beautiful places with so much to offer, I vote for The Bartow-Pell Mansion because it represents another example of New York history and culture that also needs to be preserved and celebrated.

    — May 17, 2012 @ 12:45

  22. Monica Young said:

    I voted for Brooklyn Public Library 🙂

    — May 18, 2012 @ 04:51

  23. Tina M said:

    I voted for Erasmus Hall Campus – Stained Glass Windows

    — May 18, 2012 @ 14:23

  24. New York City's Queens County Farm Museum Link to Modern Urban Agriculture | Urban Gardens Pingback said:

    […] explained in my earlier posts, the top four sites receiving the most votes will be announced on May 22 then each winner will […]

    — May 19, 2012 @ 13:02

  25. Agen Bola said:

    There is a saying, â??Be the chair, the bird, the thing.â?? This artist will never look at a nest or an egg or a day the same again. How the nest was removed may be more interesting than how it was constructed!

    — August 16, 2012 @ 21:51

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