Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden

Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden
509 W. 158th Street
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Founded in 1995

The Dorothy McGowan Memorial Garden provides a quiet place to garden and relax in Washington Heights. Dorothy was a dedicated activist with Community League of the Heights who convinced the Trust for Public Land and GrowNYC to provide technical and material support. Her guiding hand created a renewed space with vegetable beds, ornamental plants, bluestone pathways, an arbor, and flagstone patio interlaid with bricks. Local residents also built wood tables and benches.

Children from local schools come for Easter egg hunts and other activities. Originally called the League Garden; Dorothy lived to see the completion of this open space that now bears her name.

Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does affect markets;  markets may close early, or snow-bound farmers may not be able to make it into the city.

  • 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 support community and school gardens through tool loans, volunteer days, technical assistance, training, school garden grants and more.

  • Educate

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