Casa Frela Garden and Apiary

13 West 119th Street, between Lenox and 5th Ave

Open daily from 12pm to 4pm

Partnering with MIllionTreeNYC, GreenThumb, The Butterfly Project and Tree Giveaways

The Pied Piper of Harlem

Author: lawrence - Published Fri, Sep 06, 2013 09:38 PM - (2260 Reads)
The 2013 Harlem Art Walk Tour (HAWT™) kicks off with an Artist Reception on Friday, October 11th at 7:30PM – 9:30PM at Artist & Craftsman Supply, 2108 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., and continues with the tour on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th from noon to 6pm at over twenty-five venues throughout Central Harlem (free).

Garden Sign

Author: lawrence - Published Fri, Jul 19, 2013 11:00 PM - (2197 Reads)
The Sign We hung our beautifully hand-made and painted sign by Harlem artist Steve e. Brown. Thank you Steven for your gift!

The Pineapple As a symbol of Hospitality

Author: lawrence - Published Fri, Jul 19, 2013 10:56 PM - (2164 Reads)
THe Pineapple
The pineapple has served as a symbol of hospitality and warm welcome through the history of the Americas.
Christopher Columbus wrote the first account of a western encounter with the pineapple in the journal of his second discovery voyage across the Atlantic. He and his men landed on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe where the sailors enjoyed this sweet, succulent new fruit, which had already become a staple of native feasts and religious rites.
In 1493, Columbus first brought the pineapple back to Renaissance Europe that was largely devoid of sweet foods, including fresh fruit. The pineapple's exotic nature and sweetness soon made it an item that soon acquired both popularity and curiosity for centuries after its European arrival. For two centuries, as European horticulturists struggled to perfect a hothouse method for cultivating pineapples in Europe, the pineapple became even more a coveted commodity. In the 1600s, King Charles posed for an official portrait while receiving a pineapple as a gift.
In colonial America, hostesses would set a fresh pineapple in the center of their dining table when visitors joined their families in their homes. Visiting was the primary means of entertainment and cultural exchange, so the concept of hospitality was a central element in colonial life. The pineapple, then, symbolized the warmest welcome a hostess could extend to her guests, and then often it also served as the dessert for the meal. If the visitors spent the night, they would be given a bedroom with a bed in which pineapples had been carved on either the bedposts or the headboard — even if that was the master bedroom.
Creative food display became a competition among the hostesses, because it declared her personality and her family's social status. Hostesses tried to outdo one another in creating memorable dining events. In larger, more affluent homes, the doors to the dining room were kept closed to create an air of suspense and excitement over the preparations of the hostess. Colonial grocers sometimes rented pineapples to hostesses desperate to create a dining experience above their financial means. Later, once that hostess had returned the pineapple, the fruit would be sold to more affluent clients who could afford to actually buy and eat it. Regardless of ones financial ability to actually buy and eat the pineapple, however, visitors to the homes that displayed the pineapple felt particularly honored that the hostess had spared no expense to secure one in their behalf.
By the Gilded Age, which was the era in which Samuel Couples lived, through the present day, the pineapple became a familiar symbolic image of welcome, good cheer, and warmth and affection between all who dwell inside the home.

Heritage Roses

Author: lawrence - Published Mon, Jul 15, 2013 07:46 AM - (3165 Reads)
Heritage roses We were fortunate to receive additional roses from the Heritage Rose District of NYC. These Heritage Roses are a gift from the Heritage Rose District of NYC. The plants were custom grown by Matt Graff of Rockwell, Texas. Thank you to Mr. Stephen Scanniello, the President of the Heritage Rose Foundation for the roses.

List of roses:
Emily – Pink
Baronne Henriette de Snoy - Pink
Jean Bach Sisley – Pink

For more information about the Heritage Rose Foundation please visit www.heritagerosefoundation.org.

Queen Doe of the Garden

Author: lawrence - Published Sat, Jul 13, 2013 11:12 PM - (3634 Reads)
Queen Doe of the Garden Queen Doe of the Garden: A new sculpture in progress by Leslie Thresher and Robin Warwick at the WALTER MILLER III MEMORIAL SCULPTURE GARDEN.... This former archery deer target we found washed up in the Hamptons...Threw her in the trunk and took her home. A woodland creature risen from the sea...Now in her second incarnation she reigns over the garden...

The TreeLC Truck

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, Jul 03, 2013 04:48 PM - (3315 Reads)
Tree Logo

everybody and happy summer!

The TreeLC Truck is scheduled to visit the Casa Frela Gallery this Saturday, June 6, 2013 at 12pm, the gallery is located at 47 West 119th Street. Call the gallery if you want to attend 212-722-8577.

The TreeLC Truck is a traveling Parks vehicle bringing supplies to community tree care events, including:
- Mulch (enough for at least 15 trees)

- Trowels, weeder tools, cultivators

- Hoses, buckets, hydrant wrench
(and the Parks staff person will be equipped to open hydrants for you)

- Buckets,

- Gloves

When the Truck visits you, we ask that you bring at least 10 friends and neighbors to care for trees, so we can all get plenty of work done together! The Parks employee bringing the TreeLC Truck provides direction and advice, and will answer any questions.

Thank you for caring for New York City trees!

Opening Day 6/29/13

Author: lawrence - Published Sun, Jun 30, 2013 09:33 PM - (2470 Reads)
Garden Sign
Today we celebrated the opening of the our community garden. The opening was a big success! Thank you to friends, neighbors and guest for attending and making our event special!


Author: lawrence - Published Wed, Jun 26, 2013 08:17 AM - (4239 Reads)
Friends Dedication of the WALTER MILLER III MEMORIAL SCULPTURE GARDEN - 13 West 119th Street
SATURDAY, June 29th

Casa Frela Gallery invites the community to the Dedication of the Walter Miller III Memorial Sculpture Garden on Saturday, June 29th, 2013, 12 to 2pm at the garden on 13 West 119th Street.

After the Dedication ceremony refreshments will be served, as we celebrate the inspiration for the garden, Walter Miller III, as well as the transformation of the strip of land entrusted to Founder and Director of Casa Frela Gallery Lawrence Rodriguez, by Green Thumb.

Rallied by Lawrence Rodriguez, friends and neighbors have come together to bring life and art to the garden, to honor great friend and neighbor, Walter Miller III. Mr. Miller was one of the Founders of the 119th Street Block Association and a 30-year veteran of the New York City Police Force. His love and life-long dedication to 119th Street and the Harlem community will always be remembered as his legacy lives on. Neighbors, business and friends have donated funds and effort, and The City of New York has issued a grant to get the project started.


Mr. Miller served in the United States Armed forces, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1972. When he returned from service, he began his 30-year career with the New York City Police Department, retiring in 2001. The words “protect and serve” were words he truly lived by; he protected his family and friends and served his community for most of his life with dignity and pride. He encouraged and led by example all the people who were privileged to be a part of his amazing journey. He was biologically the father of one, but throughout the course of his life became a father to many. He challenged these children – many of whom are now adults – to do better in life because he believed in them.

Walter Miller III is survived by his wife Mary Taylor Miller, daughter Candice Miller Braithwaite, son-in-law Jeffrey Braithwaite, granddaughter Sarah Braithwaite, sister Francis Barber, nieces Simone Simmons, Courtney Cousins, Casey Cousins, Marilyn Waller, Chenequa Waller, Danequa Offei, Khiana Kirby and Cierra Womack, nephews David Simmons Jr., Andre Simmons, Corey Cousins and Cameron Kirby, as well as a host of friends.

Casa Frela Gallery is a beacon in the Harlem arts community, celebrating both established and emerging artists, as well as the culture, vibrancy and history that is Harlem.

"Window of the Six Senses"

Author: lawrence - Published Sun, Jun 23, 2013 06:16 AM - (3508 Reads)
Leslie Thresher

"Window of the Six Senses" by Harlem Artist Leslie Thresher

The "Window of the Six Senses" installation is a series of 6 wooden panels created by Leslie Thresher. The window panels were created from discarded window panels, then painted and finally secured to the garden fence.

Edible Plants in the Garden

Author: lawrence - Published Fri, Jun 07, 2013 11:30 PM - (3432 Reads)
Edible Plants in the Garden – Nasturtium “twisted nose” is a genus of seven plants species in the family Brassicaceae (cabbage family). These plants are related to garden cress and mustard, noteworthy for a peppery, tangy (pungent) flavor.

Nasturtium foliage is used as food by the caterpillars.