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Saturday: Spring Prep! & Volunteer Orientation

Spring Prep! — Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It feels like spring. Come outside and play in the dirt. Join Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden for bagels & spreads and coffee and help get the Garden ready for the season. We'll clean, cut back, dig and divide. BYOPruners, if you have them.

No gardening experience required, just come ready to help. Everyone is welcome.

Volunteer Orientation — Saturday, March 19, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Learn how easy it is to volunteer as little as an hour a month to help keep the Garden open. The more greeters who volunteer, the longer the Garden can remain open daily. Please reach out to your friends and neighbors, as well, and encourage them to volunteer.

Sunday: Join Us As Volunteers Plan 2016 Programming & Social Events

Monthly Garden Meeting — Sunday, March 20, Noon – 1 p.m.
We will focus this month on 2016 programming. If you or your local community organization are interested in providing free, public programming or hosting a special event or performance in the Garden, please complete this event form by March 22.

If you would like to help with fundraising initiatives, please contact

Update: Saving the Garden

In February 2016, Manhattan Community Board 2 (CB 2) passed a resolution responding to the Jan. 20, 2016, presentation from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and requesting a unified effort to achieve affordable housing development in CB 2 while preserving Elizabeth Street Garden. This request was sent to HPD commissioner Vicki Been.

Read the full resolution here.

Coming Up in April

Endangered Community Spaces Bike Ride With 596 Acres and
Public Space Party —
Saturday, April 9, 1 – 7 p.m., beginning at the Garden.

Seed Planting — Sunday, April 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

All Elizabeth Street Garden activities and events are open to the public and FREE. For up-to-date details, check out and subscribe to the Garden calendar.

Highlights: P.S. 1 Students Represent the Garden at Citizens Committee Gala

P.S. 1 students Ryan and Tiffany and their parents and teachers

Citizens Committee for New York City held its annual fundraising gala on March 7 and invited neighborhood P.S. 1 students to present its New Yorker for New York award and share poems they wrote about the Garden:

Entering the Garden, by Ryan

We come to the Garden to help nature by planting daffodil bulbs.
I like getting my hands messy in the soil.
Wonder fills the Garden.
All of the plants create fresh oxygen.
It's just like a farm, but in the city  the biggest city in America.

A Neighborhood Garden, by Tiffany

The Garden makes me feel grateful,
Because when I see all of the colorful petals and flowers,
They remind me of the first time seeing a rainbow.

People can go to the Garden to read and hear music.
I can go there with the P.S. 1 Service Team.
You can go with anyone you know.

Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden has received Neighborhood Grants from Citizens Committee annually since 2014.

We look forward to the P.S. 1 Service Team's next visit in spring.

GreenThumb GrowTogether & LUNGS Spring Awakening

NYC Parks 32nd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether —
Saturday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join more than a thousand community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking and greening inspiration. This year's conference features exciting new workshops and returning favorites, including many hands-on and youth-focused workshops, for gardeners of all ages.

LUNGS — Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens
Third Annual Spring Awakening
Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m. parade start.
Food, music, poetry, environmental workshops and much more.
NEW Early Spring Garden Hours

Early Spring Garden Hours (weather permitting)
Weekends, Noon – 5 p.m.

Volunteers keep the Garden open during the sunniest and warmest hours of the day, year-round. Email to help.
See you in the Garden.
Volunteer, attend events and join the conversation:
Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 2014 in New York with the mission to preserve Elizabeth Street Garden as a unique public green, open space and NYC Park. Contributions made for the charitable purposes of Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

A copy of the latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden, 235 Elizabeth St., Ste. 23, New York, NY 10012 or the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, Third Floor, New York, NY 10271.

Copyright © 2016 Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden, All rights reserved.

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Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden
235 Elizabeth St., Ste. 23
New York, NY 10012

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