The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District 12th Annual Garden Walk
Start Date: 
June 14, 2009 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sponsored By: 
Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District
Homes and other sites in Fort Greene
All ticket holders must visit The Greene Grape/Provisions on the day of the tour for a copy of the map.
United States

The self-guided Fort Greene Garden Walk on Sunday, June 14th, 2009 from 11am 5pm includes 10 private gardens, 3 community gardens and a commercial rooftop, featuring a hydroponic garden, a beehive and a chicken coop. Additional stops on the tour include Irondale Theatre and GreenSpaces where acclaimed green graffiti artist Edina Tokadi has created an indoor installation with wheatgrass and her first permanent outdoor piece (96 x 96) with sedum.

Each year the BBGD presents the hidden domestic gardens of historic Fort Greene. One of this years highlights is a backyard re-creation of a classical ruin. Inspired by Hadrians Villa, this gardener has combined two yards behind his Italianate brownstone. Architectural fragments, shards of masonry and sculpture, and mossy plaques suggest the pageantry of ancient Rome.

Another stop is the garden of legendary jazz singer and long-time Fort Greene resident, Betty Carter. Throughout her esteemed career, Ms. Carter partnered with the genres greatest, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and fellow Fort Greene resident Sonny Rollins. A weeping cherry tree planted and tended by the singer forms the focal point of this garden.

Other highlights include a triple lot with multiple plantings and a separate vegetable garden, the wild and woody private garden of the New York Mycological Societys founder, a handsome formal stone landscape with a sunken pool, and a showcase garden designed for entertaining, by the talented owners of Plant Specialists, one of New Yorks top landscape design teams.

In addition, John Howe of the Brooklyn Bee will be on hand with his bee kit. The Sankofa Art Center will showcase birdbaths made at its Fort Greene pottery collective, and Alive Structures, a local business, that creates green roofs and walls and planters from recycled materials, will display its wares.

Advance Tickets $15
Buy online
The Greene Grape/Provisions, 753 Fulton St., Fort Greene Root Stock & Quade, 471 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill The Forest Floor, 659 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights Thirst Wine Merchants, 187 DeKalb Ave., Fort Greene

Day of Event $20
The Greene Grape/Provisions, 753 Fulton St., Fort Greene

Open to: 
General public (tickets required)