KEN SMITH WORKSHOP
Bedford Stuyvesant Community Garden, Brooklyn, NYC
Start Date: 2005
Completion Date: 2009
New York Restoration Project, client
Guy Nordenson and Associates, engineering
Peter Mauss / ESTO, photography
A small community garden located in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. This was a pro-bono design project for the New York Restoration Project, an organization that preserves and manages community gardens and green spaces in underserved and economically-distressed neighborhoods. The 40-foot by 90-foot empty lot is bordered on two sides by existing houses.
The garden design provides allotment garden plots, herb gardens, fruit trees, and nut and fruit producing shrubs. An arbor with grape vines, glu-laminated wood vine columns and ornamental plantings is part of the garden design. The garden is organized along both sides with torqued trellises planted with evergreen vines to create a year round green enclosure within the garden. The folding and torquing of the panels provide both screen and separation from the neighboring houses and perspectivally create a sense of greater garden depth and size.
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