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Katharine Hepburn Garden
On May 12, 1997 members of the Turtle Bay community gathered to dedicate this garden to local resident and park advocate Katherine Hepburn (1907-2002).
Born on May 12, 1907, in Hartford, Connecticut Hepburn graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1928 and in that same year she made her professional debut in a minor role in a Baltimore stock company. By 1932 she ascended to stardom on Broadway in The Warrior’s Husband, followed in the same year by her screen debut opposite John Barrymore. On Broadway Ms. Hepburn originated the Tracy Lord role in The Philadelphia Story (1939) before taking it to Hollywood a year later. In 1942 she starred opposite Spencer Tracy in Woman of the Year.
Ms. Hepburn always went her own way, wearing slacks, refusing interviews, shunning autograph-seekers, keeping her private life private, and all the while speaking her mind. She earned numerous honors for her acting including twelve Academy Awards nominations and four Oscars for best actress. In 1962 Ms. Hepburn won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. In the 1970s she and her television
Her passion for flowers and gardening began during her childhood in West Hartford. On Sunday afternoons the Hepburn family went for drives and walks in the hills west of the Connecticut River. The children competed to see who could spot the first Lily of the Valley, Bloodroot, Columbine, or Pink Lady’s Slipper. When Ms. Hepburn moved to Turtle Bay with her husband, Ludlow Ogden Smith, in 1932, she transplanted wildflowers from her parents’ home to her backyard garden. She joined the Turtle Bay Association in 1957, and for more than thirty years she fought to halt the destruction of trees, to defend the sidewalks from encroaching development, and to protect mid-blocks from high-rise construction.
This garden pays tribute to her lifelong love of flowers and gardening and stands as recognition of her commitment to the park and the neighborhood. The wide variety of species used in the border planting includes birch, dawn redwood, and dogwood trees; mountain laurel, witch hazel, viburnum, rhododendron, hydrangea, and abelia; as well as numerous perennials, groundcovers, and ferns.
City of New York Parks & Recreation
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor
Veronica M. White, Commissioner
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Parks & Recreational Areas • Women.
Location. 40° 45.132′ N, 73° 58.104′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on East 47th Street west of First Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Dag Hammarskold Plaza, New York, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Also see . . .
1. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza: Katharine Hepburn Garden. Official NYC Parks description. (Submitted on January 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Katherine Hepburn. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on January 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.