Green Thumb’s Open Garden Day

To celebrate Green Thumb’s 40th Anniversary, more than 75 community gardens across New York City opened their gates for tours and special events July 14. Here are a few photos from BANG’s gardens.  Our gardens are open all throughout the week, every week. Come visit!


Kids dancing to the Sparrow Sisters at 6/15 Green.


Print reduction at 6/15 Green


Flower children: Terrarium Building at Prospect Heights Community Farm.


Dig this: Terrarium building at Prospect Heights Community Farm.


Garden members and neighbors learn to build terrariums.


Flower Power: Green Thumb’s Open Garden Day

Open Garden Day NYC — Saturday, July 14

To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Green Thumb, NYC Parks’ community gardens program, 75 community gardens will open their gates to the public on July 14 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., rain or shine.  BANG gardens will participate with music, compost demonstrations, a visit to the chicken coop, a guide to beekeeping and more. Please join us!  For more information, and a complete list of locations, visit Open Garden Day NYC page.

Here’s what’s happening at our gardens.

Bronx Honeybee rescue photo by Jessica Katz

Jessica Katz discusses honeybees.

6/15 Green @ 6th Ave. and 15th St., Brooklyn

Children’s Concert — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: — The Sparrow Sisters and Brooke Dramer

Festivities — 11 a.m. to  3 p.m.:  Open Air Art Exhibit with artist Bob Hagan. 1 p.m.: Art Installation with Miguel Ayuso. 1:30 p.m.:  Printmaking Demo with Sandrine Gigon. 1:30 p.m.: Guided Meditation with Elena Tate.

Educational Series and Q&A — 2 p.m.: PlasticsUpdates & Alternatives with Makrand Bhoot. 2 p.m.: Lifestyles of Urban Bees with Jessica Katz (see photo). 

For more details, click here. 



Tour the gardens and get compost demos at Pacific St. Brooklyn Bears

Pacific Brooklyn Bears Community Garden @Pacific and Flatbush Ave.

Gates open 11 a.m. for self-guided tours

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Compost Demonstrations by Jon Crow





Make a terrarium at Pacific Heights Community Farm!

Prospect Heights Community Farm @252-256 St Marks Ave. off Vanderbilt, Brooklyn

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Terrarium Build-Along — Please bring an old mason jar or candle holder if you have; 

Plus: Garden tours, compost demos and plant giveaways