NYC's Garden Secrets
by David Sokol, 04/17/2012
Pheasant. Photo: Shari Romar
Fauna at Queens Botanical Garden
"People may know me best for leading groups of schoolchildren around the garden, showcasing fascinating things about the natural world and occasionally eating wild plants," says Gennadyi Gurman, a senior museum instructor at Queens Botanical Garden, describing her job. Not on the menu are the garden's abundant fauna, which mirror the seasons' floral displays. Gurman surveys the progression: "metallic blue wasps and woodpeckers, monarch butterflies and ducklings, praying mantises and killdeer plovers—each depending on the changes in the plants for food and shelter that's just right for this time in their lives." Beyond the grounds: That would be "the most abundant citywide sign that spring is here: the dandelion."