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222 5th Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
This small corner lot, on a slope, is an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a reemerging 5th Avenue in Park Slope. Originally a Green Thumb garden founded in the 70s; it was saved from auction in 1999 and is a member of the BANG land trust.
This redesigned garden showcases native plant communities. The smart design has a small cobblestone patio at the upper end. A bluestone pathway winds it way to an oval plaza in the middle where there is also a tool shed. The lower area features a flagstone patio surrounded by plants on all sides. The gardeners put out bistro tables and chairs that are easily moved around. This allows them to rearrange the space for the summer movie series. A colorful mural graces the wall at the lower end of the garden.