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.


This garden is under the jurisdiction of NYC Parks and supported by GreenThumb, the nation's largest urban gardening program. If you are interested in joining, starting, or supporting a community garden, contact NYC Parks GreenThumb

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    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets and Farmstands, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

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