Winter 2022

The science of preserving nature since 1964

Almstead Around Town

Wave Hill Gardners’ Party

Almstead sponsored the Gardners’ Party, for the 10th consecutive year, at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center in the Bronx. This year’s event included a tribute to Signe Nielsen, renowned urban designer and landscape architect. This annual benefit raises crucial funds to support Wave Hill's renowned gardens and horticulture program.

Wave Hill is a 28-acre estate in the Hudson Hill section of Riverdale in the Bronx, New York City. Wave Hill currently consists of public horticultural gardens and a cultural center, all situated on the slopes overlooking the Hudson River, with expansive views across the river to the New Jersey Palisades.

In addition to sponsoring the Gardners' Party, Almstead is also a corporate sponsor of Wave Hill and takes part in the Arbor Day celebrations there every year with a Tree Climbing Station for kids.

Air Spade Demonstration for Students

Almstead’s VP, Michael Almstead and Connecticut Branch Manager, Gary Norman, made a presentation and demonstration on Air Spading and Soil Biology to students of Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. Topics discussed included soil decompaction, girdling roots, vertical mulching, and waking up soil biology.

It included a live demonstration of root collar excavation (RCX) and soil decompaction by Almstead PHC Technician, Brandon Najera. Students were shown several girdling roots of a tree that were revealed by performing a RCX using the Air Spade. The girdling roots were pruned — if these circling roots are left uncorrected, they can damage the stability of a tree's root system and restrict the flow of nutrients to the trunk. This can typically reduce the lifespan of a tree sometimes by 50% and can lead to failure directly at the stem within a few inches off ground level.

Students were also given an information sheet (click on the link above to view) created by Almstead about Air Spading.

Train Show Sponsorship

Almstead is pleased to sponsor the The Great Holiday Train Show by the New Castle Historical Society from Saturday November 19th, 2022 to January 8th 2023 at Horace Greeley House 100 King Street Chappaqua, NY 10514. We believe in supporting worthwhile community events in our service regions.

The Train Show display will feature numerous vintage train sets, one dating back 100 years, running throughout the festively decorated rooms of the Horace Greeley House for the holidays. Visitors can experience the magic of these heirloom items as they watch trains travel through such backdrops as a Bavarian countryside scene, the Rip Roaring 20’s, or ride the rails with the rugged Jesse James Gang, and then take it East to the New York Central….and more!

Admission is $10 Members; $15 Non-Members; $8 Children 8 and under.

Tickets can be purchased at



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