The final stop on the Green With Envy Tour II was the Carlton Avenue site of the Brooklyn Bear's Gardens.
Check the links below for photos from the other stops on both Tours I and II. And watch for announcements for the next Green With Envy Tour, which I'll post on this blog.
Street EntranceThis garden had the most-developed and luxuriantly planted streetscape of any community garden I've seen. This has a big impact even when the garden is closed.
Approaching the garden from the north, the first thing you notice is the three story mural painted on the side wall of the adjacent building.
Here's a closer look.
As you get closer, the streetside planters demand your attention.
In the planter to the left of the entrance are the silver-white flowering bracts of mountain-mint, Pycnanthemum muticum. I recognized it because I grow the same species in my backyard native plant garden. In this garden as well as my own, at this time of year they are swarming with multiple species of bees, flies, and wasps, all important pollinators of food crops.
Opposite, to the right of the entrance, is another planter with a different design. Asymmetrical plantings like these entrance planters maximize the massing possible with a given plant palette. The greater variety of plants provide for longer, and more varied, blooms. All of these are strategies to attract both plant pollinators and insect predators close to the garden's growing areas.
Every garden has a "garden is open" sign. This one includes several imperatives.
More ornamental plantings, including several mature trees, lie inside the fence.
Common AreasThe garden is built on a slope. The raised beds form terraces built into the hillside. This photo is the best I got to show this. I'd like to see this garden in the winter.
The picnic area, which appears in the opening photo, is part of the gathering area at the low side of the garden.
CompostingThe mandatory composting area. This triple-bin arrangement was the most common. These weathered bins are still on the job. Signs moved from bin to bin let gardeners and visitors know where to add fresh material, and where they can obtain compost for use in their beds.
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Green With Envy Tour II
Pacific Street Bear's Garden, Park Slope, Green With Envy Tour, II.1
St. Mark's Avenue Community Garden, Prospect Heights, Green With Envy Tour, II.2
Prospect Heights Community Farm, Prospect Heights, Green With Envy Tour, II.3
Hollenback Community Garden, Clinton Hill, Green With Envy Tour, II.5
Classon FulGate Block Association Garden, Green With Envy Tour, II.6
Clifton Place Block Association Community Garden, Green With Envy Tour, II.7
The Greene Garden, Fort Greene, Green With Envy Tour, II.9
Brooklyn Bear's Garden, Park Slope, Green With Envy Tour, I.1
Hoyt Street Garden, Boerum Hill, Green With Envy Tour, I.2
Wyckoff-Bond Community Garden, Boerum Hill, Green With Envy Tour, I.3
David Foulke Memorial Garden, Boerum Hill, Green With Envy Tour, I.4
Warren-St Marks Community Garden, Park Slope, Green With Envy, I.5
Baltic Street Community Garden, Park Slope, Green With Envy Tour, I.6
Lincoln-Berkeley Community Garden, Park Slope, Green With Envy Tour, I.7
Gardens of Union, Park Slope, Green With Envy Tour, I.8
Green With Envy, Tour One, Final Stops 9 and 10