Town & Country
People Are Adopting New York City Gardens
by SAM DANGREMOND
FEB 19, 2016
Care to exercise your green thumb without physicallyÂ lifting a finger?
Adopt a Garden, a campaign by Bette Midler‘sÂ New York Restoration Project,Â invites donors to name community gardens in all five boroughs. Of the 52 gardens NYRP owns and manages, 15 remain available for adoption–with the cost ranging from $50,000 to $1 million.
The entertainer established theÂ non-profit in 1995 to increase access to open, high-quality public space for all New Yorkers.Â ThisÂ campaign has attracted such high-profile donors as The Walt Disney Company Foundation, Michael Kors and Jo Malone London. The cost of adoption rangesÂ depending on the size and scale of the renovation.
At Maggie’s Garden in Harlem, what was once adangerous, drug-filled lot is now a vibrant hub of activity, where neighbors meet, plant tomatoes, and host Easter egg huntsÂ for local children. Former President Bill Clinton even made an appearance at its unveiling. The Gil Hodges Community Garden in Brooklyn, NY (above) underwent a similarly impressive transformation.
Take a look at the gardens still in need of adoptionÂ here.