Franklin Garden

Bed-Stuy has more community gardens than any other neighborhood I've seen.  Walking past the garden on Franklin and Greene caught my eye a few days ago.

A large hand-painted sign outside invites new members to join:


Inside, the theme is"water."  A gorgeous painted mural decorates the side of the adjacent building.  Community involvement is evident.

They have a large rainwater collection system for watering, and they even have a koi pond!

(I did see fish in the upper corner of this pond, even though they're not in the photo.)

The individual plots are lovely and well-cared for.  Plus, there are gorgeous flowers everywhere!

greene acres

If you live on the eastern edge of the neighborhood and are looking to join a local garden, definitely check this one out!


The garden even has a website, which details history and membership.  The garden is organic and does not use pesticides!

Greene Acres is a NY Restoration Project, funded by Bette Midler to ensure community gardens will be available for years to come.