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.