Eco Brooklyn Show Garden Seeks Participants

We are planting our front and back gardens at the Eco Brooklyn show house and welcome anyone who wants to be involved.

The gardens are edible gardens as well as aesthetically beautiful. Drawing from horticulture, permaculture, feng shui, xeriscape, gray water and Biodynamic gardening we seek to redefine the definition of a Brooklyn brownstone garden.

It is a low maintenance, low impact, bounty of beauty, nurturing space and food.

The front and back gardens are currently what some dismissively call “Italian gardens.” They are concrete slabs.

In many ways they represent the worst of current Brooklyn gardens, which is great because we can show the transformation from a barren dead zone to a living organism.

There are hurdles to get over, like testing the soil and probably getting positive tests for heavy metals and chemicals. Our neighbor has used toxic pesticide on his yard for 30 years. Engineers have found that the Gowanus canal toxic sludge has traveled uphill via an underground stream that passes right under the back garden.

But “Bring it on!” we say. The nastier the better since it will just make the results look even more splendid.

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in being involved. You can do it for the exercise, the learning or the just kinship. We welcome everyone.

About the author: Gennaro Brooks-Church

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  1. Heather Y - March 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm


    there is a whole week and a half and longer series of events aroud the movie FRESH, THE MOVIE

    involving CITY- WIDE WORKSHOPS ON:
    URBAN CHICKENS,(meet the hens on Saturday!)
    RADICAL FARMING (the farmer’s phrase)

    and so on and so forth, very much in synch with Eco Brooklyn pages themes….

    Tomorrow, April 1,THE promotional events begin an organic, and biodaynamic wine and cheese tasting
    at the statue of the GIANT ANT…does it get more April Fools day perfect than that?!

    The place is called ” Invisible Dog” and the address is 51 Bergen Street. ( this could be the location of the former Invisble Dog factory loft, where they invented the
    stiff leash toy of the same name)

    tix are $25.00, and include a ticket to a screening of the movie sometime in a two week period.

  2. Alexandra Flavia - March 24, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I would like to participate in the Eco Brooklyn Show Garden Project. Please let me know when we start working and how are you scheduling this activity. I already have somethings scheduled for this weekend, but in the week I can make some time. Anyway i’m calling your office today or sending you an email to see if we can schedule a visit to your Show House. I’m a student of Sustainable Design in NYU interested in your work and willing for hands on experience in the area.

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