Brooklyn's Biggest Community Garden

June 8, 2012

How We’re Seeding More Green Spaces across Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Just over 100 years ago, a generous swath of soil stretching north from the nexus of Washington Avenue and Flatbush Avenue was set aside to become the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Over the subsequent decades, what was previously an ash dump transformed into the emerald in Kings County’s crown; yet from the start, it existed not just to bring Brooklynites into the protected garden, but to broadcast the seeds of urban gardening across the borough.

To honor BBG’s century of service to greening our borough, we’ve pledged our support for its GreenBridge community outreach and education programs, as well as the expansion of its learning gardens, through our Green Communities Fund.

We’re sustaining free opportunities for all Brooklynites to develop their “green thumbs” and create more green spaces on their blocks and in their backyards.


We also challenged the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Auxiliary (pictured above) to add on to our efforts. Their matching contribution campaign ultimately yielded 100% member support and raised an additional $117,000!

As a ‘thank you’ to all of our supporters, this week BBG announced the naming of the Brooklyn Community Foundation Learning Plaza in the new Herb Garden. It’s the perfect space to illustrate the reason for our support—where parents bring young ones to learn about fresh food and how it can be grown in our own backyards.

As Brooklyn grows, it becomes more apparent how few public green spaces we do have. It’s no surprise that with the second-least amount of park space in New York City, Brooklyn has emerged as the home to the most urban gardeners.

GreenBridge is the gardener’s best friend, offering expert education, recruiting neighborhood-based outreach teams, and recognizing the best efforts of dedicated Brooklynites who toil each day to make our borough greener and healthier through the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” contest.

With BBG, our investment in Brooklyn’s Green Communities is rooted deep across the borough.

GreenBridge needs you! Through our new Do Good Right Here initiative, BBG is seeking summer volunteers to assist with the Children’s Garden Trees and Saplings program. It’s an exciting opportunity to give young children an up-close introduction to gardening and nature. Log on to to learn more.

Celebrate the urban gardening movement all summer long at BBG: Their latest exhibit, Urban Garden, features inspiring displays created by BBG’s horticultural experts that are also easily replicable at home by Brooklynites. Special attention is given to edibles, container gardening, and vertical plantings—all at home in Brooklyn during the heat of summer and the chill of winter.

Plus! Get 2-for-1 admission to BBG all month with this offer from NYC & Company at BBG is also free every Tuesday, and on Saturdays before noon.  

What's "Good" in Brooklyn

Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week. Don’t miss a thing! Like us at and follow us at

Thank you to Brooklyn Industries and all who attended our "Do Good Right Here VIP Shopping Night" on Tuesday in DUMBO! It was a terrific way to celebrate the launch of our new volunteer initiative while raising much-needed funds for Brooklyn's nonprofit community.

If you've missed our launch week activities, there's still time to join us! Stop by DeKalb Market Saturday, June 9th from 10AM-6PM, where Community Foundation representatives will be on hand to discuss the many ways you can do good right here as a Brooklyn volunteer! 138 Willoughby Street at Flatbush Avenue Ext.

Brooklyn Phil & Bed-Stuy Restoration Present The Bed-Stuy Tradition
Tomorrow night at Restoration Plaza, experience a rare fusion of hip-hop, Beethoven, and the ballads of Lena Horne. Bed-Stuy artist Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) joins the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Noel Pointer Foundation Youth String Orchestra and Leslie Uggams for this exciting free performance. 8PM at 1368 Fulton Street.