Liz Christy Garden
|Liz Christy Garden|
|Location||Manhattan, New York City|
The Liz Christy Bowery Houston Garden started in 1973 is the first and oldest community garden in New York city. Located at the corner of the Bowery and Houston Street in Manhattan and running across to 2nd Avenue, LCBH is now a part of New York City Parks Department. At first named the "Bowery-Houston Community Farm and Garden" it was renamed to honor its founder in 1985. Liz Christy was a founder of the urban community garden group, Green Guerillas. She was the first Director of the Council on the Environment, in New York City's Open Space Greening Program and LCBH garden was the first winner of the American Forestry Association's 'Urban Forestry Award.' The first community garden in the five boroughs of New York it is one of the earliest community gardens in the northeastern United States and LCBH is where the tallest Dawn Redwood tree in Manhattan lives, with a habitat of native plants of north America at its feet.
The LCBH garden feels like a private place with a varied terrain and mature trees and shrubs, but it is maintained by approximately 20 volunteer Gardeners. Magnolia and weeping birch trees are among the lush vegetation to be found there. Two ponds support fish and turtles, there is a perennial lotus, a native plant habitat, vegetables, herbs, and many flowering plants.
LCBH is open to the public on Saturday from noon until 4PM, all year, on Sundays from noon until 4 PM, May to October, and Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. till dusk from May until October. The Garden is included in many broadcast programs, magazines and papers, it is also featured in the BBC series, "Around the World In 80 Gardens" with Monty Don.
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