Kosciusko Garden/Learning Center

Kosciusko Garden Learning Center
385-389 Kosciusko Street [map]
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Founded in 1998

The Kosciuszko Community Park / Learning Center is a large ornamental park/garden. This 2500 square foot garden features a 30' diameter brick circular seating area, a mural by local artist Nafissa Camara, two lawns, and a 16' diameter gazebo located in the back of the garden. There are tables for playing games and picnicking. The front of the garden is graced by a wrought iron fence donated by Battery Park City.  Original plantings included white rose, spirea, oak leaf hydrangea, and butterfly bush.  The tree plantings, now mature, include oaks, birch, sweet gum, Japanese maple, ornamental crabapple, and evergreens.

In 2012, the site sponsor, Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation (NEBHDCo), was awarded a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice grant to renovate the garden after 15 years of use. NEBHDCo worked with community and corporate volunteers to prep and re-paint the iron fencing, demolish deteriorated stockade fencing and make repairs to the gazebo. A native plants landscape design firm removed poorly performing plants, pruned trees and remaining shrubs, and replanted the beds with native species, including chokeberry, butterfly weed, blue eyed grass and bluestar. NEBHDCo received pro bono support from a contractor to select and install a new vinyl fence at the rear and side perimeters.  After redevelopment, Kosciuszko Garden is more beautiful than ever, providing a wonderful amenity to the neighborhood, as a site for quiet enjoyment, gardening workshops, youth activities and community events.

 

On Monday, July 11, we launched the “Oh SNAP!” educational campaign with a live mural painting on a Greenmarket, Co. delivery truck. The “Oh SNAP!” campaign was designed to draw attention to the fact that GrowNYC’s network of Greenmarkets accept electronic benefits cards (EBT) and shoppers can use their SNAP benefits to purchase farm-fresh produce from the region’s mid-sized family farmers.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.