‘Giving Garden’ Opens in Queens

“The plan is to benefit the day-residents and full-time residents of Queens Center for Progress,” said NYRP’s Director of Garden Horticulture Jason Sheets. “They had a couple of raised-bed gardens in the complex, which was very popular, so they wanted to use this wide-open space to create more room for vegetable gardens, for folks to come in and use the beds as horticultural therapy,” he said.

In June, NYRP built a garden on a quarter-acre plot at Queens Center for Progress in Bellerose, Queens, which included eleven raised beds with three of the beds being wheelchair accessible, a picnic area, and accessible paths lined with flowers and ornamentals. Generous help came from Home Depot, Scotts and 45 local Home Depot employee volunteers over 3 days. Rich Gess, an old NYRP supporter from Home Depot led the way raising funds and securing donations to make this garden a reality. The project was completed as part of NYRP’s Gardens for the City program, which helps the nonprofit work with partners across New York City to extend its reach beyond the spaces under its direct stewardship and benefit those most in need.

Queens Center for Progress Site: Before

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Queens Center for Progress Site: Before

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Queens Center for Progress Site: After (Now known as the 'Giving Garden') 

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Queens Center for Progress Site: After (Now known as the 'Giving Garden') 

 

Queens Center for Progress Site: After (Now known as the 'Giving Garden')