Scholes Street Children’s Garden
Parks & Gardens

Scholes Street Children’s Garden


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
Heckscher Foundation for Children
Garden Designer
Bille Cohen

The Heckscher Foundation Children’s Garden has been an active site for vegetable growing and community gatherings since 1986. This garden is situated one block from a building that houses the Lyons Community School, William Gaynor Intermediate School, Multicultural High School and Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers, and provides students with a much-needed spot of green in the middle of a vast concrete landscape and paved schoolyards.

In 2006, The Heckscher Foundation for Children provided New York Restoration Project (NYRP) with a grant to transform the site from a weathered and worn community space into a vibrant, outdoor classroom and learning experience.

Renowned landscape designer Billie Cohen partnered with NYRP horticulture and design teams and local residents to create a community space that is both visually stimulating and alluring to the senses. The garden’s design features a pinwheel array of planting beds at its center, a grape arbor, fruit trees and large, street-tree pits in front, which highlight a wide variety of ornamental plantings. The Heckscher Foundation Children’s Garden – Cohen’s sixth NYRP garden restoration – also includes a number of green innovations, including a solar-powered composting toilet, storage shed constructed of rammed earth walls and a rainwater collection system. 

At the back of the garden, a large shed with a porch allows visiting students from eight neighboring schools, and members of a local community center to use the space as an outdoor classroom.

Garden Size
5000 Square Feet
Composting, Gardening fruits and vegetables, Outdoor learning

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