All NYRP community gardens 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
- Bille Cohen
Prior to 2002, Maggie’s Garden was overgrown with weeds and invasive plants and filled with cracking asphalt and crumbling concrete planters. The restoration of Maggie’s Garden’s – New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) first-ever full-scale restoration project – was carried out with the vision and generous financial support of The Brownstone Family Foundation.
This garden means so much to me, it is my life. I enjoy seeing kids playing in here and seeing the community come out to support this place. I come out here to relax and enjoy my community – thank you NYRP!Maggie Burnett
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.
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 euonymus 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, spiraea, 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.