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MANHATTAN

Herb Garden

176-178 East 111th Street
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)

Manhattan, 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

Linda Allard and
Herbert Gallen

Garden Designer

Linda Allard Gallen

Garden Coordinator

Shawn Hill

 


The Herb Garden – nestled between two apartment buildings – provides an oasis of natural green beauty and a community gathering spot for the neighborhood. New York Restoration Project (NYRP) restored the garden in 2006 with help from acclaimed fashion designer Linda Allard and her husband, Herbert Gallen. Long-time NYRP supporters, Allard and Gallen generously funded the garden’s renovation and endowment, and Ms. Allard provided an original design for the site.

The front of the garden features vegetable and flower planting beds, where community members grow peppers, tomatoes, basil, lavender and parsley. In the back, a sunken, circular gathering area paved with garden stones is an ideal spot for community events and barbecues. A pergola is designed to bridge the transition between these two distinctive garden zones – each flourishing with Allard's abundant and colorful planting scheme.

In May 2006 – after six months of working hand-in-hand with community members and Allard to plan and construct the space – NYRP officially reopened the Herb Garden to the public. Neighborhood residents, local schoolchildren and teachers, community officials and NYRP staff joined Bette Midler, Linda Allard and Herbert Gallen to celebrate the event. Soon after, dozens of community members responded to the garden’s dramatically improved appearance by joining its membership. This group meets on a monthly basis throughout the growing season and partners with NYRP and other organizations to sponsor community events throughout the year. In the spring of 2008, the garden was further improved with the addition of bistro tables and chairs – generously provided by NYRP and Target – which were installed under the shade of a mature sycamore tree, original to the property.

This 3,400-square-foot garden is located at the intersection of Harlem and East Harlem, within blocks of 10 schools and in close proximity to five New York City Housing Authority properties. The Herb Garden – as well as NYRP’s nearby El Cataño Community Garden – serves residents, primarily of Hispanic and African-American descent, in an area of New York City particularly starved for green, open space.