Creative Little Garden

530 E. 6th Street
Avenues A / B
East Village, Manhattan
Founded: 5/1/1978

This elegant shade garden first got its lease in 1978 from GreenThumb. Liz Christy, from GrowNYC, later selected it as a project site by providing design assistance, plants, and building materials. Long and narrow, it has a winding gravel path, rock garden, flagstone patio and many seating areas. Founding caretaker Francoise Cachelin fiercely defended Creative Little and other community gardens from development in 1999. The garden of this tireless community garden supporter became a permanent Parks site.

The garden was renovated by GrowNYC in 2004 with funding from the Greenacre Foundation. The front area was stabilized with a new flagstone entry and steps, a small arbor over a bench was added, and the pathway and patio were leveled and spruced up. Unfortunately Francoise did not live to see this. Her spirit and energy continue to inspire those of us who knew her. Creative Little Garden is a touchstone; showing how community effort can change the environment.

Creative Little Garden


In a moment where New Yorkers have turned to parks and gardening to ease the mental and emotional strain the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on residents, when the need for education surrounding nutrition and health couldn’t be more critical, the same nonprofits that make green space and nutrition education possible are in danger of going under, while vital city agencies like the New York City Parks Department’s GreenThumb program are facing severe budget cuts.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

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

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    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.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.