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Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District 12th Annual Garden Walk

The self-guided Fort Greene Garden Walk on Sunday, June 14th, 2009 from 11am – 5pm includes 10 private gardens, 3 community gardens and a commercial rooftop, featuring a hydroponic garden, a beehive and a chicken coop. Additional stops on the tour include Irondale Theatre (http://Irondale.org) and GreenSpaces (http://dawny.squarespace.com) where “green graffiti” artist Edina Tokadi (http://mosstika.com) has created indoor and outdoor installations with sedum and wheatgrass.

Each year the BBGD presents the hidden domestic gardens of historic Fort Greene. One highlight of the 2009 tour is a backyard re-creation of a classical ruin. Inspired by Hadrian’s Villa, this gardener has combined two yards behind his Italianate brownstone. Architectural fragments, shards of masonry and sculpture, and mossy plaques suggest the pageantry of ancient Rome.

Another stop is the garden of legendary jazz singer and long-time Fort Greene resident, Betty Carter. Throughout her esteemed career, Ms. Carter partnered with the genre’s greatest, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and fellow Fort Greene resident Sonny Rollins. A weeping cherry tree planted and tended by the singer forms the focal point of this garden.

Other highlights include a triple lot with multiple plantings and a separate vegetable garden, the wild and woody private garden of the New York Mycological Society’s founder, a handsome stone landscape with a sunken pool, and a showcase garden, designed for entertaining, by the talented owners of Plant Specialists, one of New York’s top landscape design teams. In addition, John Howe of the Brooklyn Bee (http://thebrooklynbee.com) will be on hand with his bee kit, the Sankofa Art Center will showcase birdbaths made at its Fort Greene pottery collective, and Alive Structures (http://alivestructures.com), a local business that creates green roofs and walls and planters from recycled materials will display its wares.

Advance Tickets $15
The Greene Grape/Provisions, 753 Fulton St., Fort Greene
Root Stock & Quade, 471 Myrtle Ave, Clinton Hill
The Forest Floor, 659 Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights
Thirst Wine Merchants, 187 DeKalb Avenue, Fort Greene

Day of Event $20
The Greene Grape/Provisions, 753 Fulton St., Fort Greene

All ticket holders must visit Greene Grape/Provisions on the day of the tour for a copy of the map.

For information:
718 852 9283