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Community Garden

534 Carroll Street (Denton Place)

Brooklyn, New York




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   

Jo Malone London
NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Garden Designer

Yvi McEvilly

Garden Coordinator

Justin Potter




Pictures of the newly renovated garden coming soon!

Founded in 1982, this garden was originally named after Brooklyn Dodgers baseball great Gil Hodges. Also known as the Carroll Street Garden, it is currently used by several community groups, families and local businesses, such as the Root Hill Café, which partners with gardeners to enhance the site’s composting projects. In addition, senior citizens frequent the Gil Hodges Community Garden to eat lunch and play cards.

In spring of 2009, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) installed new planting beds not only for the community’s use, but also for the students of P.S. 372 – where after-school programs use the garden to plant a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, including peppers, tomatoes, basil and parsley.

To help ensure the garden continues to serve as an active green space and engages local residents for years to come, NYRP staff and horticulture crews work with community members to remove trash and provide ongoing maintenance, building assistance and plant material for the garden – including wood for raised planting beds, gardening tools, compost and vegetable seedlings.

The 3,000-square-foot garden is situated in a diverse, mixed-use neighborhood in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn that includes single- and two-family homes, industrial zones, commercial buildings and transportation and parking areas.

The Gil Hodges Community Garden will be renovated in 2013 thanks to private funding from fragance leader Jo Malone London and a matching grant from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Expected closing for construction is March 2013.