Rosemary, tomatoes, flowers and other delights: Summit Street Garden
By Joshua Kristal
Put in some sweat, and you’ll reap the sweetest herbs, tomatoes, squash, lettuces, flowers and other delights, not to mention the sense of community, at area community gardens.
Local gardens always need a hand to help plants make it through the the hot summer. Summit Garden, on Summit and Columbia in the Columbia waterfront district, is a community center for the little hood that’s undergoing a renaissance of sorts not seen since the BQE cut off the neighborhood in the 1960s. Neighbors meet and hold parties at the little garden, rich with plantings.
Summit Street Garden dates to 1993, when neighbors got together to clean up the garbage and weed-strewn lot. With the support of Community Board 6, GreenThumb (a division of NYC Parks that sponsors urban gardens), and private donations, volunteers created the little oasis that sits there now.
To read more about gardening and greening projects in our pocket of Brooklyn, check out this story about IOBY, or, In Our Back Yard, a website dedicated to raising micro funds for local environmental and greening projects.
And the blog Flatbush Gardener has all kinds of info on gardening and community gardens around these parts.
Tomatoes last year at Summit Street Garden