Stone Avenue Branch Learning Garden

Bro0klyn, NY

Collaborating with the Horticultural Society to transform long-derelict outdoor spaces into dynamic and welcoming community learning environments
The Stone Avenue Learning Garden transformed an under-utilized lot into a community space. The garden’s quilt-like arrangement of planter beds was inspired by a quilt from the underground railroad on display inside the library. In support of the garden serving as a diverse and vibrant community space, the garden beds are built to varying heights enable people of different ages and abilities to work together. A small shade structure allows for reading aloud and other activities. Use of salvaged bricks and donated plants allowed the garden to be realized within a minimal budget of $25,000.
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Queens Public Library
Horticultural Society NY 
HSNY GreenTeam


Urban Omnibus, “Turning Lemons into Learning Gardens,” 2009
Wall Street Journal, “Library Branches in Full Flower,” Ada Louise Huxtable, 2008
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