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NYCHA Resident Gardeners Receive Recognition for Beautifying Their Communities

For nearly half of a century, New York City Housing Authority residents have eagerly cultivated gardens that add color and charm to their developments and yield beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables throughout the year. To recognize the efforts of these gardeners, NYCHA hosts an annual Garden and Greening Awards Competition. Residents who have added beauty and greenery to their developments were honored on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at the 49th Annual Garden and Greening Awards Competition.

A panel of horticulture professionals selected borough and citywide winners in each category, including Best Flower Garden, Best Vegetable Garden and Best Children’s Theme Garden. The awards were given at a ceremony held at the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community Center in the Bronx. The citywide winners include:

BEST FLOWER GARDEN: Garden of Zodiac, South Jamaica Houses
BEST VEGETABLE GARDEN: “God is Love” Garden, Marlboro Houses
BEST VEGETABLE GARDEN: Green Thumb Garden, Pink Houses
BEST CHILDREN’S/THEME: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars Garden, Union Avenue Consolidation

See the complete list of winners

NYCHA’s Garden and Greening Program, which has been in operation since 1962, provides beautification and environmental education that benefits NYCHA residents, as well as senior centers, community centers and day care centers.  The program also provides year-round technical assistance along with free seeds, flowering bulbs, and other garden resources to resident gardeners citywide. 

The Garden and Greening program is important to NYCHA because it brings residents, NYCHA staff, and community groups together in the support of gardening, says Garden and Greening Program Manager, Lee Trotman. "The program is proof of how much NYCHA residents and staff really care about their homes, public housing, and their communities at large."

To learn more about the Garden and Greening Program or to join please call: (212) 306-3511

NYCHA Garden & Greening Awards Photos (Flickr)