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.

​During National Latinx Heritage Month in the United States we recognize the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic Americans to the country's history, heritage, and culture. Learn more from GrowNYC's FARMroots Beginning Farmer Program Manager, Gabriela Pereyra. 

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