Gardens of the Thirtieth Ward, South Philadelphia
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19th Street just south of Bainbridge. This is a new garden, started in
Bainbridge and Hicks Streets (just west of 15th) [GONE]
New garden by The
Bethesda Project. This was constructed by a group of volunteers from
Abington Friends School. It is now maintained by a resident of Hicks House
who formerly gardened at the community garden at 20th and Catherine.
Place" Garden, 15th and Kenilworth (just south of Bainbridge)
The fenced-in area encloses a number of shady sitting spaces. Outside
the fence, beds of shrubs and flowering annuals flank a flagstone entry,
giving the garden a welcoming public presence.
Brown's garden, 17th and Catherine [GONE]
The remarkable thing about this unfenced garden is that it has survived
on a busy inner-city corner just across from a recreation center that
attracts children and young people from all around the neighborhood. Ornamentals
such as marigolds add appeal to plantings of corn, tomatoes, and other
in Progress, 15th and Carpenter
This potential garden is part of the "30th Ward is On the Move!"
neighborhood cleanup initiative. A cadre of volunteers is cleaning lots
and then creating garden spaces on some lots where there is a neighborhood
volunteer base. In this case, the residents of the block are elderly.
They can maintain but not establish a garden. Using funds provided by
the office of State Rep. Harold James and secured by Democratic Ward Leader
Terry Gillen, the volunteers have purchased tools and fencing supplies.
Florence's Garden," 20th and Catharine/Webster [GONE]
This is a long-established garden that balances 20 individual 8' x 8'
plots with generous lawn, sitting,and ornamental areas. It is just next
to another large parcel of perhaps 20 lots on the 1900 block of Webster
Street, which was worked as an informal park by an area resident until
just a few years ago. The space could be easily reclaimed, offering significant
greenspace in a pivotal neighborhood close to a school, a church, a senior
center, and a shelter for homeless men. We have a space in this garden
and are active in the maintenance of its public areas.
walk through the neighborhood, inventorying gardens and lots along the