New Places: Gardens
ESTABLISHED IN MAY 2017
In 2015 residents of Marble Hill Houses, a NYCHA complex in the Northwest Bronx, started working with Juanli Carrión and Jacki Fischer with the goal of establishing the first OSS permanent garden. The garden was planted in May 2017 with 11 beds designed with the shape of the buildings’ blueprint representing each of the towers of Marble Hill Houses with plants selected by residents. The community decided to address health and food literacy, while celebrating their cultural heritage.
ESTABLISHED IN MAY 2018
Marble Hill Houses Community outgrew its first garden, and in 2018 Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong was selected to work in what is today TERRACE, a continuous multi-faceted garden-pavilion connected by symbiotic relationships between plants, people and architecture.
The new gardeners wanted to have a place that would welcome interaction among them, by incorporating seating and other elements for the development of workshops and other activities. They also wanted to use the act of planting and observing growth as the site of shared activity.
ESTABLISHED IN APRIL 2019
Dyckman Houses Community welcomed artist Asha Hanna to work together on the construction of the “Dignity And Pride” (DAP) Garden in 2018. The artist worked in conjunction with Dyckman Houses residents for the construction that was finalized in 2019.
DAP’s flowers and herbs garden bed is shaped like two hands grasping each other, with the color of the wood for each hand representing different skin tones to visualize the diversity of the community.