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BRONX

Target Bronx
Community Garden

1024 Woodycrest

Bronx, New York

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HOURS

All NYRP community gardens must hold a minimum of 20 open hours per week. Please check the bulletin board at the garden for times and details. 

Sponsored By   

Target

Garden Designer  

Sean Conway

Garden Coordinators

Gloria Roldan & Ronald Harris

 


 

 

Founded in 1982, this open space – formerly known as the Anderson Garden – has long been used by local gardeners to raise a variety of vegetables and fruit, including tomatoes, corn and pears, and to harvest apples from the garden’s beloved, mature apple tree. The Target Bronx Community Garden is situated on the eastern side of a hill overlooking trees, shrubs and rocky outcroppings that lead down to Anderson Avenue. A woodchip path winds up the hill to a secluded planting area.

In 2007, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) partnered with community members to remove overgrown foliage, build raised planting beds, plant trees and install two gazebos. In addition, every year in the fall, NYRP environmental educators bring students from neighboring P.S. 73 into the garden for science activities that explore the senses, food chains and plant and animal habitats. Most recently, in conjunction with community members and the generous support of Target, NYRP is now re-designing the space to expand the garden’s planting capabilities and to enhance the versatility of the space, ensuring it will bring more benefits to children, adults and the community at large.

To accomplish this task, NYRP has commissioned acclaimed landscape designer Sean Conway to re-imagine a child-friendly, green space that combines both the Target Bronx Community Garden and neighboring Woodycrest Avenue Community Garden. Currently, NYRP is working with each garden’s industrious group of community gardeners to re-imagine this combined green space and create an innovative design that meets the neighborhood’s diverse needs.

New garden amenities provided for by Conway – who also designed NYRP’s Target East Harlem Community Garden and the Target Community Garden, located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – include an expansive lawn, play area and stone viewing garden. In addition, the combined gardens will focus on urban farming and will include a patio and outdoor cooking area, perfect for community events and gardening and cooking workshops. Once complete, the two gardens will be home to NYRP’s annual Harvest Festival. Each year, this community-based event engages families and local students in celebrating the season and what it means to interact with nature through the cultivation of fruits and vegetables.

In preparation for the garden’s re-design, NYRP construction crews will perform demolition and grading procedures on the site, clear debris and garbage and install various features of its hardscape. In addition, before every garden renovation, NYRP identifies any plants, trees or other reusable material that can either be saved and transplanted to another garden site or used as part of the overall renovation.

This active, 15,500-square-foot garden is located in the Highbridge section of the South Bronx in a community is comprised of single- and multi-family homes. Neighborhood residents are primarily of Hispanic, African-American and Caribbean descent.