PlantTherapy: Liz Christy Community Garden

PlantTherapy: Liz Christy Community Garden

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 16, 2007

View from inside Liz Christy Community Garden, E. Houston St.

Here is your chance to get your hands dirty. Liz Christy is rebuilding and can use some community support in the form of eager gardening volunteers. It is a fantastic way to meet fellow New Yorkers and learn more about gardening hands-on with a very experienced bunch.

Details on joining the garden, submitted by one of their very dedicated volunteers, are posted after the jump.

Stay tuned for a photo slide show of Liz Christy on Saturday

"The Liz Christy/Bowery–Houston Community Garden is, at 34, the oldest and original all-volunteer garden in New York City. We now seek new members to continue this legacy. The garden is a magnet for residents of the neighborhood and city, and for gardeners from the Netherlands, England, and Japan, who include us in their tour when they visit the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Over the past three years a large development has been built all around the garden. The gardeners successfully negotiated preservation of the garden and saved 28 of our 33 trees. We are now repairing damage that is inevitable in any construction project.

If you would like to help us, temporarily or long-term, or if you'd like to become a full-time gardener, we are looking for spirited individuals to join us.

Simply come by the Liz Christy Garden on a Saturday or Sunday between noon and 4:00, or a Tuesday evening after 6:00, and volunteer and ask to sign up. We have plenty to do to rehabilitate and maintain older planted sections, to plant new trees, perennials, and bulbs, and to landscape a new area granted to us by Parks.

Occasional volunteers are always welcome. Full membership is gained by volunteering for 20 hours for a garden key, and 20 hours more for voting privileges and a plot.

Come by the garden on Houston Street between the Bowery and Second Avenue, near the Bleecker 6 and Second Avenue F train stops, or call Tony at 212-228-4870 and introduce yourself. He will help you get started in joining us in this great endeavor."

- text submitted by Penny Jones


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