Through July 1, 2012 The Art of the Garden Tool: Dibbles and Daisy Grubbers
This exhibition celebrates the garden tool with selections from the extensive collection of landscape architect Mark K. Morrison. Beautifully crafted and exceptionally useful, these objects provide a fascinating glimpse into the art of gardening as it has been practiced in Europe and America since the 17th century. Specialized tools such as clod crushers, cucumber straighteners, and wasp catchers are displayed alongside more familiar objects such as dibbles and watering cans, each handmade in practical yet elegant forms.

Friday, June 1, 5:30–8:30 p.m. First Friday! + Bronx Seaside Trolley
Bartow-Pell celebrates First Friday! Visitors can experience the magic of the mansion at night, take a stroll in the garden, listen to music, and savor light refreshments. Then they can hop on the free Bronx Seaside Trolley for a ride to City Island. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; and free for members. Registration requested.

Thursday, June 7, 12-2 p.m. Spring Fundraiser Luncheon
Bartow-Pell will be hosting a Spring Fundraiser Luncheon. Amy Freitag, executive director of the New York Restoration Project, who will be the guest speaker, will discuss Extraordinary Women: Power, Influence, and the Conservation of the American Landscape. Luncheon on the Pebble Court will follow her talk. Tickets: $75, $125, and $175; higher levels include listing in the program. Attire: Garden chic. RSVP, 718-885-1461 or email by May 31.

Sunday, June 17, 1-3 p.m. Take Dad Out to the Ball Game
Travel back in time and enjoy a “base ball match” with the New York Mutuals, playing by authentic 1864 rules against the Mineola Washingtons. After the game, kids get to join in the fun with a game of rounders with team members, plus free house tours and a raffle for the game ball. Registration requested. Cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children 6-17; for members, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are free.

Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. Local Author Spotlight
Award-winning journalist Guy Gugliotta, a former national reporter for The Washington Post, will read from his new book, Freedom’s Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War. Publishers Weekly called Freedom’s Cap an “intensely researched historical Gem” and Kirkus Reviews cited “Political moves that would make Machiavelli blush.” There will be a booksigning and reception after the presentation. Registration requested. Cost $10 adults; $7 seniors and students; members free.

BPMM Adventures, Summer Session I, Monday, June 25-Friday, June 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Why spend those hot summer days in your house when you could spend it in ours? Solve mansion mysteries, gather around our wigwam, and explore our gardens during a week-long program full of creative crafts, fun games, and more. Recommended for children entering grades 1 through 4. Scholarships available. Registration required. Registration deadline is June 11. Cost per child $150; $120 for members at the Family Friend level and higher. For more information, contact Valerie Albanese-Fraher at or call 718-885-1461.

To register for these events, call 718-885-1461 or email For directions and to learn more about the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, visit

Bartow-Pell, an 1840s Greek Revival mansion and a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Bartow-Pell Conservancy, and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.


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