My Favorite Community Garden



NOT THAT I’VE MADE a comprehensive study of them, but I particularly enjoy peeking into the ‘Backyard’ Community Garden at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Van Brunt Street in Red Hook.


About half the good-sized lot consists of wood-trimmed vegetable planting beds in various geometric shapes. The other half is a rolling mini-landscape of lush but tidy shade plantings and bulbs under white birch trees – very romantic for such an industrial setting, right by the container port.


The terracotta culvert, covered with salvaged brick and stone, is a brilliant stoke, adding architectural interest to a formerly featureless lot.




Next time you go to the Gowanus Nursery on Summit Street, a boutique operation with out-of-the-ordinary plant offerings, or are on your way to Fairway or IKEA, pull over and take a look.

About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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5 Responses to My Favorite Community Garden

  1. Ginnypa says:

    I have to tell you, this is my favorite blog…I check in almost everyday. Thanks for posting all the wonderful stuff.

  2. cara says:

    Thanks, Ginnypa, that makes it all worthwhile;-)

  3. I’ve never been to this particular garden. It’s beautiful. I’ve got to check it out next time I’m in the area. You always take such great pics. Thanks for posting.

  4. Abby says:

    Yay! That’s our little garden. We just joined this year and are hoping for some yummy veggies…

  5. cara says:

    I’ll have to come back and take some more pictures at harvest time!

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