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Tree Sculpture Gate & Perimeter Fence

They stop. They look. They touch. They smile.
~ Susan Lacerte, Executive Director

Photo: Audrey Gottlieb

In 2002, the installation of a new perimeter fence signaled the beginning of a decade of great change at Queens Botanical Garden, and was the first capital project completed at QBG since 1986.

The Garden replaced its chain-link fence with an ornamental steel picket fence that encloses and secures the entire 39-acre site. Sixty-six stone-faced concrete piers each bear a granite plaque inscribed with the Garden’s name, and bronze medallions of plants native to the area adorn every third or fourth fence panel.

A signature tree sculpture gate graces the Garden’s entrance on Main Street. This elegant representation of the American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), a tree known for its toughness and hard wood, was “planted” between two Blue Atlas Cedars (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’) that have been part of the Garden since its birth as the exhibit Gardens on Parade at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. The tree sculpture gate is dedicated to “the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to the power of hope, healing, and community.”

The new perimeter fence has enabled QBG to develop its entire site as a botanic garden and provide a safe, secure environment for its plant collections and visitors.

Project Information

Total Cost:




Funding Sources:

City of New York, Office of the Mayor and The City Council



Project History:

Design Kickoff: November 13, 1998



Construction Kickoff:

August 22, 2000



Construction Completion:

March 17, 2002



Project Oversight:

Queens Botanical Garden
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC)




Vollmer Associates




SRM Construction, Bronx, NY



Tree Gate Fabricator:

Milgo Industrial, Inc., Brooklyn, NY



About the Tree Sculpture:



Noerah Alvi, Vollmer Associates
Alex Kveton, Milgo Industrial, Inc.


20’6” h. x 19’ w.


11,000 lbs.


Corten steel

Design Representation:

American Hornbeam


“A symbol of strength and renewal, this tree is dedicated to the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to the power of hope, healing, and community.”





Design and Fabrication:

Gregg LeFevre Sculptures





Botanical Drawings:

Each medallion depicts one of five plants native to Queens

  • Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)
  • Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea)
  • New York Aster (Aster novi-belgii)
  • Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)
  • Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)


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