The self-guided Fort Greene Garden Walk takes place this Sunday, June 14th, from 11am – 5pm. It includes 10 private gardens, 3 community gardens and a commercial rooftop, featuring a hydroponic garden, a beehive and a chicken coop. Additional stops on the tour include Irondale Theatre and GreenSpaces where acclaimed “green graffiti” artist Edina Tokadi has created an indoor installation and her first permanent outdoor piece with sedum and wheatgrass.
Each year the tour explores the hidden domestic gardens of historic Fort Greene. One of this year’s highlights is a backyard re-creation of a classical ruin. Inspired by Hadrian’s Villa, this gardener has combined two yards behind his Italianate brownstone. Architectural fragments, shards of masonry and sculpture, and mossy plaques suggest the pageantry of ancient Rome.
Another stop is the garden of legendary jazz singer and long-time Fort Greene resident, Betty Carter. Throughout her esteemed career, Ms. Carter partnered with the genre’s greatest, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and fellow Fort Greene resident Sonny Rollins. A weeping cherry tree planted and tended by the singer forms the focal point of this garden.
Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 the day of and are available at Provisions. The day of the event, ticket holders can pick up a map outside Greene Grape Provisions.