American Express at Clayton Williams and Five Star Gardens

On a recent Thursday afternoon where rain threatened to spoil the day, 40 American Express volunteers toiled away at Clayton Williams and Five Star, Gardens. This feat was the result of a great deal of planning and coordination between NY Cares, The Manhattan Land Trust and American Express Staff. Clayton Williams gardeners had been struggling with a muddy garden path all season and longed for a solid gravel path. In addition to the installation of the gravel path volunteers worked alongside gardeners to rat-proof the periphery of the garden and weeded and mulched all flowerbeds. Work simultaneously occurred at Five Star Garden several blocks away where volunteers sand-grouted a brick patio, prepped an area to be planted with grass, planted evergreen shrubs and waterproofed the gazebo. When it began to rain halfway through the workday, volunteers donned rain ponchos and continued to work. In the end, the sun came out and saved the day and a great deal of work was completed at both gardens.


Albert’s Garden–Serenity in the City

We did some work at Albert’s Garden last Thursday–sanding the fence so that in the future it can be primed and painted.  We made good headway on the project and hope to schedule another workday in the future. Continue reading

Projects at LES People Care Garden

We’ve been working throughout the summer on some projects at the Lower East Side People Care Garden.  We have had several volunteer groups, including a regular group from the summer day camp program from Henry Street Settlement.  We have been working on a variety of projects including building a new picnic table and benches, painting old benches, waterproofing garden beds, pruning, and other general garden cleanup.  Thanks so much to all of our volunteers for their hard work!

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Bronx and Manhattan Land Trusts Officially Own Gardens

On a historic Monday, June 27th, the 18 gardens from the Bronx Land Trust and the 14 gardens from the Manhattan Land Trust were officially conveyed from the Trust for Public Land to their respective land trusts.  This means that the land trusts officially own the gardens, and can help preserve the gardens for future generations.  Furthermore, gardeners, by way of the land trust boards, have the ultimate say in how their gardens are run.  Continue reading

Compost Bin Build at Carver Garden

We had a great workday last week as we built a new three-bin compost system at Carver Garden in East Harlem.  The bin build was sponsored by the NYC Compost Project in Manhattan, hosted at the Lower East Side Ecology Center, with technical assistance from Charlie Bayrer, of Earth MatterContinue reading

Projects Finished at Papo’s Garden

This summer, several projects have been finished at Papo’s Garden, in East Harlem.  Workers from the Horticultural Society of New York’s GreenTeam helped to build a rainwater harvesting system to catch rain from the gazebo in the garden.  They also built a new shed for the garden to store tools and materials.  The Bronx and Manhattan Land Trusts helped to build a new picnic table and benches for the garden. Continue reading

Rat Workshops Offered in Community Gardens

Last night’s workshop, held at All People’s Garden, was the first of a series of Rat Workshops that will be offered by the heath department in Bronx and Manhattan Land Trusts’ gardens (Check out a news article about last night’s workshop here).  These workshops provide information on how to inspect, prevent, and respond to rats in your gardens and neighborhoods.  Furthermore, these workshops touch on garden-specific issues, like how to keep compost piles from attracting rats.  There is another workshop coming up on Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30pm.  It will be held at Clayton Williams Community Garden located at the corner of West 126th Street and 8th Avenue.  Please RSVP early in order to reserve a free rat-proof garbage can.  RSVP to Erica Packard at 212-228-5482, or email  Another workshop is being scheduled in July for the Bronx.  The workshops are FREE.  For information and resources about how to prevent rats in your garden and neighborhood check out