The Gardens of the Thirtieth Ward, South Philadelphia
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August 8, 2001

Garden, 19th Street just south of Bainbridge. This is a new garden, started in spring 2001.

August 18, 2001

Garden, 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.

"Our Place" Garden, 15th and Kenilworth (just south of Bainbridge) [GONE]
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.

Kim 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 vegetables.


Work 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.


August 25, 2001

"Miss 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.

August 29, 2001
A walk through the neighborhood, inventorying gardens and lots along the way.

Sitting garden, 19th and Montrose

Vacant lot, 19th below Montrose

Sitting garden, Carpenter and Dorrance

Garden helpers, Michelle Cutner garden
20th & Catharine


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