2008-07-12

Brooklyn Bear's Garden, Park Slope, Green With Envy Tour, I.1

The Brooklyn Bear's Community Garden at Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue. That's the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower behind.
Brooklyn Bear's Garden

Today I attended the first leg of the Green with Envy guided walking tour of some of Brooklyn's numerous community gardens. Today we visited 10 community gardens in Park Slope and Boerum Hill over 5 hours. Yes, my feet hurt.

I also took hundreds of photos, which will take me a few days to get through. Here's the first batch, from the Brooklyn Bear's Community Garden at Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue. There are many more on my Flickr site.

Touristas (mostly)
Touristas

The garden occupies a wedge of land at the intersection of Pacific Street and the every-busy Flatbush Avenue. There's an entrance on each side.

Brooklyn Bear's Garden, Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue

Here's a view of the Pacific Street side. The entrance is just past the raging Capmsis radicans, Trumpet Vine, which dominates this fence during the summer.

Brooklyn Bear's Garden, Pacific Street

Here's the entrance on Flatbush Avenue, from outside, and in.

Brooklyn Bear's Garden, Flatbush Avenue entrance
Flatbush Avenue entrance

As you enter from Flatbush, the individual plots are to your left.

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Mostly vegetables.

Cabbage leaves

Squash blossom

But also ornamentals.

Zinnia
Zinnia
Zinnia

Common areas are devoted to ornamental plantings. They're attractive to all kinds of insects, which satisfy the vegetables' needs for pollination. View these flower portraits in their larger sizes to see which insects they're attracting.

Brooklyn Bear's Garden

Roses and guests

Water Lily

Groundcovers

Rudbeckia

Milkweed

I also had the pleasure of meeting two fellow Flickrites: luluinnyc and mayotic. I'm looking forward to seeing their shots of today's tour.

Related Content

Green With Envy Tour of Brooklyn Community Gardens, July 12 and 26
Brooklyn Bear's Community Garden, February 13, 2008
All my photos of this garden (Flickr set)

2 comments:

Da Nator said...

Great photos. That little garden is looking fantastic - better all the time!

Xris (Flatbush Gardener) said...

DN: Thanks! I've walked past it for years, but never got any shots of it until this year.