Philipstown Community Gardens

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Plots are limited. Get one now!

If you and a friend want to split a garden plot for $50 each, no problem!
Just lease a full plot yourself and get your friend to pay you back for their share of it. Then email us with the friend's name and contact info at info@newleaf-restoration.org so we can get their agreement to the garden rules.

Garden plots can also be leased at a discount for those with limited financial resources - just email us at info@newleaf-restoration.org.

Donate to New Leaf Restoration (click here to donate)

New Leaf Restoration is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Donations help support garden maintenance and operations, including irrigation systems and fencing. Donations also help subsidize plots for gardeners with limited financial resources.

A donation does not lease you a plot in the garden. If you intend to lease a plot, find the button that says "Click here to LEASE A GARDEN PLOT for $100" above.

The Site

In 1984 this verdant pasture, long a source of feed and water for livestock, was protected for conservation by the Osborn family. In 2017 the entire 10.8 acres were donated to the Town of Philipstown by OSI and Scenic Hudson. Framed by trails to Sugarloaf and Castle Rock, its uncultivated but loamy earth is bathed in full sun from April to harvest.

Approved for town-wide community gardens, this uncommon pasture combines agricultural elements rarely found together on the same site. Quenched by an abundant artesian spring and the Arden Brook to the east, the site has all the prerequisites for thriving habitat, productive, varied and successful community agriculture.

Our Vision

New Leaf Restoration, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2021. The current Board of Directors is comprised of seven members. An Advisory Council, with members from different sectors and areas of expertise in the Philipstown community, is also being formed.

New Leaf Restoration, Inc., with input from the Philipstown community and the Advisory Council, will develop a plan to implement and install various types of gardens on the site. Some of the ideas currently being considered include, but are not limited to: perennials, pollinator-friendly plants, a teen garden, community berry garden and individual produce gardens, the last of which would be offered to Philipstown residents for individual usage.

Charter partnerships include the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County, the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society, Philipstown Pollinator Pathway, Butterfield Library, RPS Solar Pumps, Desmond-Fish Public Library, and Stonecrop Gardens.

Garden Features

Below are some of the ideas we are exploring for the community garden

  • Town-wide community garden
  • Modular, fenced garden plots
  • Solar-powered drip irrigation
  • Permaculture practices implementation
  • Pollinator-friendly garden and meandering walk along the brook
  • Community berry garden

Invasive Species – Eradication

The pasture itself has substantial invasive species including multiflora rose and black swallowwort. The periphery of the field has been colonized by oriental bittersweet, Japanese barberry, multiflora rose, wineberry, and black swallowwort. As a first order of business New Leaf will take an inventory of habitat and invasives. In consultation with professionals and relevant agencies, the Invasive Species Team will propose a plan to the Town Board using best practices to control invasives and restore native flora.

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Location in Garrison

Mission

The mission of New Leaf Restoration, Inc. is to plan and implement a restoration of the pasture at the corner of Routes 9D and 403 in the Town of Philipstown, NY, into an intergenerational, collaborative garden and community resource.

New Leaf Restoration, Inc. will fulfill its mission using a team-based approach to planning, creating, and maintaining intergenerational gardens. Our objective is to provide a community resource which supports and promotes the therapeutic and restorative benefits of community gardening and agricultural traditions.

Board of Directors

Lew Kingsley, Tim Donovan – co-founders
When they met over 20 years ago, Lew told Tim that “if you teach my sons how to play lacrosse, I’ll try to teach you how to keep from killing yourself or cutting off your foot when you fell a tree.”

H. Lewis Kingsley is a naturalist in the spirit of John Muir. Lew, along with a small original group in the 1970s and 80s, helped to galvanize the environmental movement in the Hudson Highlands and forever changed the trajectory of its forests, habitats, and waterways. He is a founding member and current board member of the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society, and also a founding member and current board member of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, as well as the Town of Philipstown Conservation Committee (Wetlands). Lew is a founding board member of Riverkeeper and Constitution Marsh and has provided advice in various capacities for six decades to the following organizations: Constitution Marsh, Clearwater, Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, Black Rock Forest, Hudson Highlands Trail Conference, New York State DEC, New York State Parks Department. Blessed for 30 years with the love of the late Rita Jo Riehle until 2018, Lew is a retired certified arborist and an early member of the International Society of Arboriculture. Lew retired from the business that bears his name and today his son, Ian, owns Kingsley Tree while son Forrest owns Rita’s former business, RJR Horticulturist – scientific proof that the apples didn’t fall far from the tree.

Tim has been involved with local initiatives which support an active, healthy and positive culture in the Hudson Valley. He currently serves on the board of the Putnam History Museum, the Friends of Mine Dock Park, Inc. and is a member of the West Point-Highland Falls Rotary. Tim formed the South Redoubt Reclamation Team in the Garrison School Forest to preserve the Revolutionary War fortification footprint. Together with David Gordon, he produced a documentary on the history of the Garrison Commons and its ballfield. He has served on the Town of Philipstown’s Wetlands Committee, the Economic Development Committee and he founded P.L.A.Y, (Philipstown Lacrosse Association for Youth) where he taught lacrosse for 20 years. He and his wife Cathleen, an avid gardener, moved to Garrison in 1986 and raised their four children. Tim is a technical sales engineer for an industrial generator manufacturer.


Ann Borthwick has lived in Philipstown for almost 20 years. She and her husband, Richard Cogliandro, lived in the Highlands before moving to their current home in Garrison, where they have a small flock of Teeswater longwool sheep, chickens and two rescue donkeys. Ann is an avid gardener and has recently completed the NYBG Certificate of Landscape Design program. She came to the U.S. from Australia 26 years ago to work on a national education project and stayed. Ann works from home as Learning Systems Architect for the National Center on Education and the Economy, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that works nationally with school districts to redesign their systems.


Brian Ephraim grew up in Putnam County and has lived in Garrison for the past five years with his wife, Mary Kate. He is a professional software developer, building apps for brands such as OkCupid and TED Conferences.


Grace Kennedy is a garden designer and painter who has lived and worked in Philipstown for nearly 30 years. Her work in the community has included many vegetable and herb gardens, along with water conservation and invasive mitigation. As a long-time member of the Philipstown Garden Club and former chair of the Boscobel Herb Garden, she and her team redesigned and rebuilt the garden in 1998. Grace’s own gardens have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, the Wall Street Journal, and Gardenista, and several of the gardens she has built have been included on Garden Conservancy Society of Fellows garden-study tours. She and her husband are also members of the Buster Levi Gallery in Cold Spring.


Lori Moss is a lifelong resident of Philipstown. She is the Associate Director of Communications at the Garden Conservancy, Inc., a national nonprofit organization, based in Garrison, NY, whose mission is to preserve, share, and celebrate America’s gardens and diverse gardening traditions for the education and inspiration of the public. Before joining the Garden Conservancy in 2015, Lori served for nine years as Assistant Director of Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY, and for four years as Office Administrator at the Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring, NY. Prior to taking a fourteen year professional hiatus to raise her four children with her husband, Hugh, Lori worked for seven years for a pharmaceutical advertising agency in New York City. She is also a member of the Philipstown Garden Club and an amateur nature photographer.


Carl Nelson has resided in Garrison for over 20 years with his wife, Karen, and their three daughters. The Nelsons are very active within the community and spend their free time hiking, biking, and boating in the Hudson Valley. Carl leads the mergers and acquisitions group for NFP Corp, a NYC- based insurance brokerage firm. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and holds a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University.

Click here to LEASE A GARDEN PLOT for $100

Plots are limited. Get one now!

If you and a friend want to split a garden plot for $50 each, no problem!
Just lease a full plot yourself and get your friend to pay you back for their share of it. Then email us with the friend's name and contact info at info@newleaf-restoration.org so we can get their agreement to the garden rules.

Garden plots can also be leased at a discount for those with limited financial resources - just email us at info@newleaf-restoration.org.

Donate to New Leaf Restoration (click here to donate)

New Leaf Restoration is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Donations help support garden maintenance and operations, including irrigation systems and fencing. Donations also help subsidize plots for gardeners with limited financial resources.

A donation does not lease you a plot in the garden. If you intend to lease a plot, find the button that says "Click here to LEASE A GARDEN PLOT for $100" above.

The Site

In 1984 this verdant pasture, long a source of feed and water for livestock, was protected for conservation by the Osborn family. In 2017 the entire 10.8 acres were donated to the Town of Philipstown by OSI and Scenic Hudson. Framed by trails to Sugarloaf and Castle Rock, its uncultivated but loamy earth is bathed in full sun from April to harvest.

Approved for town-wide community gardens, this uncommon pasture combines agricultural elements rarely found together on the same site. Quenched by an abundant artesian spring and the Arden Brook to the east, the site has all the prerequisites for thriving habitat, productive, varied and successful community agriculture.

Location in Garrison

Our Vision

New Leaf Restoration, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2021. The current Board of Directors is comprised of seven members. An Advisory Council, with members from different sectors and areas of expertise in the Philipstown community, is also being formed.

New Leaf Restoration, Inc., with input from the Philipstown community and the Advisory Council, will develop a plan to implement and install various types of gardens on the site. Some of the ideas currently being considered include, but are not limited to: perennials, pollinator-friendly plants, a teen garden, community berry garden and individual produce gardens, the last of which would be offered to Philipstown residents for individual usage.

Charter partnerships include the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County, the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society, Philipstown Pollinator Pathway, Butterfield Library, RPS Solar Pumps, Desmond-Fish Public Library, and Stonecrop Gardens.

Mission

The mission of New Leaf Restoration, Inc. is to plan and implement a restoration of the pasture at the corner of Routes 9D and 403 in the Town of Philipstown, NY, into an intergenerational, collaborative garden and community resource.

New Leaf Restoration, Inc. will fulfill its mission using a team-based approach to planning, creating, and maintaining intergenerational gardens. Our objective is to provide a community resource which supports and promotes the therapeutic and restorative benefits of community gardening and agricultural traditions.

Garden Features

Below are some of the ideas we are exploring for the community garden

  • Town-wide community garden
  • Modular, fenced garden plots
  • Solar-powered drip irrigation
  • Permaculture practices implementation
  • Pollinator-friendly garden and meandering walk along the brook
  • Community berry garden

Invasive Species – Eradication

The pasture itself has substantial invasive species including multiflora rose and black swallowwort. The periphery of the field has been colonized by oriental bittersweet, Japanese barberry, multiflora rose, wineberry, and black swallowwort. As a first order of business New Leaf will take an inventory of habitat and invasives. In consultation with professionals and relevant agencies, the Invasive Species Team will propose a plan to the Town Board using best practices to control invasives and restore native flora.

Board of Directors

Lew Kingsley, Tim Donovan – co-founders
When they met over 20 years ago, Lew told Tim that “if you teach my sons how to play lacrosse, I’ll try to teach you how to keep from killing yourself or cutting off your foot when you fell a tree.”

H. Lewis Kingsley is a naturalist in the spirit of John Muir. Lew, along with a small original group in the 1970s and 80s, helped to galvanize the environmental movement in the Hudson Highlands and forever changed the trajectory of its forests, habitats, and waterways. He is a founding member and current board member of the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society, and also a founding member and current board member of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, as well as the Town of Philipstown Conservation Committee (Wetlands). Lew is a founding board member of Riverkeeper and Constitution Marsh and has provided advice in various capacities for six decades to the following organizations: Constitution Marsh, Clearwater, Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, Black Rock Forest, Hudson Highlands Trail Conference, New York State DEC, New York State Parks Department. Blessed for 30 years with the love of the late Rita Jo Riehle until 2018, Lew is a retired certified arborist and an early member of the International Society of Arboriculture. Lew retired from the business that bears his name and today his son, Ian, owns Kingsley Tree while son Forrest owns Rita’s former business, RJR Horticulturist – scientific proof that the apples didn’t fall far from the tree.

Tim has been involved with local initiatives which support an active, healthy and positive culture in the Hudson Valley. He currently serves on the board of the Putnam History Museum, the Friends of Mine Dock Park, Inc. and is a member of the West Point-Highland Falls Rotary. Tim formed the South Redoubt Reclamation Team in the Garrison School Forest to preserve the Revolutionary War fortification footprint. Together with David Gordon, he produced a documentary on the history of the Garrison Commons and its ballfield. He has served on the Town of Philipstown’s Wetlands Committee, the Economic Development Committee and he founded P.L.A.Y, (Philipstown Lacrosse Association for Youth) where he taught lacrosse for 20 years. He and his wife Cathleen, an avid gardener, moved to Garrison in 1986 and raised their four children. Tim is a technical sales engineer for an industrial generator manufacturer.


Ann Borthwick has lived in Philipstown for almost 20 years. She and her husband, Richard Cogliandro, lived in the Highlands before moving to their current home in Garrison, where they have a small flock of Teeswater longwool sheep, chickens and two rescue donkeys. Ann is an avid gardener and has recently completed the NYBG Certificate of Landscape Design program. She came to the U.S. from Australia 26 years ago to work on a national education project and stayed. Ann works from home as Learning Systems Architect for the National Center on Education and the Economy, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that works nationally with school districts to redesign their systems.


Brian Ephraim grew up in Putnam County and has lived in Garrison for the past five years with his wife, Mary Kate. He is a professional software developer, building apps for brands such as OkCupid and TED Conferences.


Grace Kennedy is a garden designer and painter who has lived and worked in Philipstown for nearly 30 years. Her work in the community has included many vegetable and herb gardens, along with water conservation and invasive mitigation. As a long-time member of the Philipstown Garden Club and former chair of the Boscobel Herb Garden, she and her team redesigned and rebuilt the garden in 1998. Grace’s own gardens have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, the Wall Street Journal, and Gardenista, and several of the gardens she has built have been included on Garden Conservancy Society of Fellows garden-study tours. She and her husband are also members of the Buster Levi Gallery in Cold Spring.


Lori Moss is a lifelong resident of Philipstown. She is the Associate Director of Communications at the Garden Conservancy, Inc., a national nonprofit organization, based in Garrison, NY, whose mission is to preserve, share, and celebrate America’s gardens and diverse gardening traditions for the education and inspiration of the public. Before joining the Garden Conservancy in 2015, Lori served for nine years as Assistant Director of Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY, and for four years as Office Administrator at the Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring, NY. Prior to taking a fourteen year professional hiatus to raise her four children with her husband, Hugh, Lori worked for seven years for a pharmaceutical advertising agency in New York City. She is also a member of the Philipstown Garden Club and an amateur nature photographer.


Carl Nelson has resided in Garrison for over 20 years with his wife, Karen, and their three daughters. The Nelsons are very active within the community and spend their free time hiking, biking, and boating in the Hudson Valley. Carl leads the mergers and acquisitions group for NFP Corp, a NYC- based insurance brokerage firm. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and holds a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University.

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