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MANHATTAN

Maggie’s Garden

564 West 149th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)

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

The Brownstone Family Foundation

Garden Designer

Billie Cohen

Garden Coordinator

Maggie Burnette

 


Prior to 2002, this 3,267-square-foot garden was overgrown with weeds and invasive plants and filled with cracking asphalt and crumbling concrete planters. Maggie’s Garden’s restoration – New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) first-ever full-scale restoration project – was re-imagined with the vision and generous financial support of The Brownstone Family Foundation. Today, Maggie’s Garden boasts a tremendous membership base – totaling more than 30 individuals – which continues to grow.

In conjunction with NYRP horticulture and design specialists, veteran landscape architect Billie Cohen worked with community members for six months to provide a beautiful, yet functional, garden design – one that residents of both the neighborhood and the city could benefit from and enjoy. Since partnering with NYRP to restore Maggie’s Garden, Cohen has provided design plans for an additional six of the organization’s garden restorations.

To prepare the garden for restoration, NYRP construction crews performed demolition and grading procedures on the site, cleared debris and garbage and installed various hardscape features. Neatly manicured, crushed gravel paths lined with stone pavers lead to shaded benches that provide seating for visitors. During the growing season, the garden is filled with lush vegetation, highlighted by a central arbor entwined with wisteria, climbing rose and grape vines. Manhattan euonymous covers the fences and several raspberry bushes bear fruit in late summer. The garden’s many planting boxes, whose wide caps provide more comfortable seating, overflow with hydrangeas, spirea, ivy and other perennials.

In September 2003, NYRP Founder Bette Midler joined Cohen, local residents and NYRP staff to host the garden’s reopening, which featured special guest appearances by former President Bill Clinton, Representative Charles Rangel, New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and donors Diane and Clyde Brownstone. The garden has since hosted a variety of community events – including gardening workshops, NYRP Movie Nights and even weddings.

Located in Harlem, Maggie’s Garden is situated within five blocks of several schools in a community whose residents are primarily of Hispanic and African-American descent.