327-329 Greene Avenue

Bed- Stuy

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New York Restoration Project

The Garden

"Established in 1988, this beloved 4,326-square-foot neighborhood garden has provided shade, green space and enjoyment for an active group of senior gardeners for more than 20 years. Named after the garden’s founder, the site contains raised planting beds, where vegetables are grown and harvested by local residents – including an impressive supply of late-season collard greens, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. The front of the space features a selection of plants, such as butterfly bushes, verbena, Echinacea and St. John’s Wort – designed to attract butterflies and other pollinators to the space. In the back of the site, rain barrels collect water for garden maintenance and a large picnic table is used for informal gatherings.

In 2005, the Brooklyn Arts Council awarded gardeners from the Jane Bailey Memorial Garden with a grant to conduct their first Summer of Arts program for neighborhood schoolchildren. Working in the shade of the garden’s apple trees, students created a free-standing, three-panel mural and conducted an oral history project to capture the neighborhood’s diverse stories. This eight-week series of Saturday workshops was led by artists Beryl Benbow, photographer; Ana Lara, writer; Margarita Garcia, muralist; and Wura-Natasha Ogunji, sculptor/photographer – all dedicated local gardeners who planned the program.

To further improve the garden, in 2008 New York Restoration Project (NYRP) graded the site, removed trash and debris, and installed raised vegetable and herb planters. In 2009, NYRP’s horticulture and design team completed plantings in the front of the garden, created a large lawn and gathering space for events, and reconstructed vegetable beds. To help ensure the garden serves as an active green space and engages local residents for years to come, NYRP staff and horticulture crews continue to work with community members to provide ongoing maintenance for the garden.

The Jane Bailey Memorial Garden is located in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn in a community composed primarily of single- and multi-family homes."[1]



The garden is currently using a one bin system to compost yard scraps.



  1.  New York Restoration Project <http://www.nyrp.org/Parks_and_Gardens/Community_Gardens/Brooklyn/Jane_Bailey_Memorial_Garden> Accessed 8.15.2011

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