Monday, May 7, 2007

HSNY Children's Learning Garden at Stone Public Library, Brooklyn

On Thursday, May 3, 2007 The Horticultural Society of New York together with the City Gardens Club of New York dedicated the newest GreenBranches Learning Garden at Stone Public Library in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The creation of a beautiful garden space at the Stone Avenue Branch marks the second time in four years that The City Gardens Club of New York City and The Horticultural Society of New York have collaborated together on a major project.

Opened in 1914 as the Brownsville Children's Library, the Stone Avenue Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library was the world's first library devoted exclusively towards young readers. The Horticultural Society of New York began the GreenBranches program in 1996 because it recognized that the outdoor space around libraries in New York is an unrealized resource for creating green space in urban areas and teaching neighborhood communities about the natural world around them. GreenBranches designs, installs, and maintains high-quality gardens around branch libraries in neighborhoods in New York City. The designers are sensitive to the architecture and history of the neighborhood and work with the local community to include their ideas in the garden design. Designs incorporate hardy, drought-resistant and low maintenance plant material to ensure the longevity and sustainability of these gardens and provide years of enjoyment for the local community. After installation, HSNY continues to maintain and provide educational and healing programs in the gardens for children and adults of all ages.

to learn more about GreenBranches, as well as our other community outreach programs, visit our website at

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