“Garden Of Hope” Unveiled

Dozens Turn Out For Unveiling Of “Garden Of Hope” In Brooklyn
May 5, 2008

Dozens of Brooklyn residents turned out this afternoon to celebrate the unveiling of the “Garden of Hope,” the latest chapter in singer Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project.

Midler’s non-profit group is dedicated to revitalizing public spaces across the five boroughs.

The Garden of Hope was restored in honor of Hedi Kravis, a local interior designer who led the planning for the garden until she passed away.

Funding was made possible by sponsors, but organizers say it’s the community that makes the garden come alive.

“Every year we do about five,” said Midler. “We renovate them and we invite the community in for movies, barbeques, games, places where the kids can study, kids can learn about growing their own fruits and vegetables and the seniors can sit around and enjoy themselves with a breath of fresh air.”

“This particular street is not very close to Prospect Park and I think this is an important element of Bette’s program is that she’s bringing these gardens to areas that don’t have city parks in close proximity,” said designer Ellie Cullman. “It really provides an oasis of calm and green for the neighborhood.”

The garden will hold a special opening on Saturday at 10 a.m., with programs and activities running through the weekend.

For more information about the Restoration Project, go to www.nyrp.org.

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