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P.S. 4K Paradise Garden

P.S. 4K Paradise Garden
676-696 Glenmore Avenue [map]
East New York, Brooklyn
Founded in 7/1/1989

PS4K is a special education public school garden. Teacher Mary Scialis and Custodian Harry Peterson teamed up with neighbor Gladys Gonzalez to create a true oasis in the urban city, where the students can benefit from hands-on education. Students from several surrounding public & private schools visit the garden. The garden creates a caring environment with a pond, shade structure, gazebo, bird feeders, sand & water play tables, and raised beds filled with all types of vegetables and herbs. The perimeter of the garden is complete with perennials, annuals, various berries and trees. The kids are free to safely play on the extensive lawn. You enter by walking down a brick pathway with raised brick planters on either side. A memorial arboretum graces one side of the gate. A nice collection of lilacs is on the other side. GrowNYC installed a rainwater harvesting system in 2004, and provided substantial assistance in 1992.