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




Put the petal to the metal: BANG Bike Tour Saturday

Get to know all the BANG gardens wheel-y well!

On Saturday, June 23rd, the second-annual BANG bike tour travels to all five BANG community gardens, where you can tour the gardens, meet some members, and snack! 

Get ready to ride at 11 a.m. at  6/15 Green, where members will welcome you. After that, it’s back in the saddle to hit all the BANG gardens. 

The biking party finishes at 1, with lunch served from 1-2 at Warren/St. Marks Community Garden.

Come join the fun! It will be bike-tastic. 

Here is a schedule as well as a map. 




We ARE a BANG, Land Trust that is!

Yes, you heard right, BANG is officially a land trust.


Jon Crow giddy with anticipation and minutes away from the conveyance!

The actual signing took place at the law offices of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

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