All the common patterns were present in this garden, writ large:
- Common areas of ornamental plantings at the street entrance
- Raised beds with individual planting areas, mostly devoted to food crops
- Composting area
Street Entrance and Common Areas
Nearly every garden has a charming, hand-painted "The Garden Is Open" placard that sits out on the sidewalk and invites passersby in.
Regular open hours are almost always also posted at the entrance. I think this is a requirement for gardens operated by the Trust for Public Land, locally represented by the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust.
Step inside, and you're enveloped by the lushness of the garden.
At the rear of this garden is another common area for composting, tool storage, and relaxing in the shade.
CompostingDemonstrating another common pattern, this production line arrangement of sturdy, uniform bins helps organize the work, minimizes the need to move heavy compost around, and keeps a steady flow of materials moving through the system.
Water CollectionThe fact that something different is going on inside is announced by this big sign at the entrance.
This is the beginning of the water collection system, so well-camouflaged I almost walked past it. The downspout from the adjacent building is on the left, the storage tank is on the right.
This all leads to some serious tankage.
GlamJust 'cause it's not all compost and rainwater.
There were several chairs and benches placed in the shade of common areas, painted in bright colors, and adorned with a hand-painted, smiling sun.
Shed Door, detail
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