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Sunday: Help Us Begin Planning for Next Year

Monthly Garden Meeting — Sunday, Nov. 8, Noon – 1 p.m.
To keep the Garden open year round for our community to enjoy, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden needs your expertise in:

  • Urban gardening, as we expand this season's edible plantings;
  • Community organizing and volunteer coordination;
  • Educational, cultural and wellness programming;
  • Grant writing and fundraising; and
  • Communications, both digital/social and traditional.

If you are interested in volunteering and cannot attend this meeting, email

Coat & Food Drive for The Bowery Mission Continues Though November

As winter approaches, please join us in collecting much-needed items to benefit our neighbor The Bowery Mission, whose demand for winter coats, canned goods and non-perishable foods has increased.

The following donations will be accepted in the Garden though Nov. 22.

  • Coats: Large and extra-large men's winter coats are in especially high demand, but women’s and children’s coats will also be accepted.
  • Canned goods: Soup, vegetables, beans (kidney beans, cannellini beans), tomatoes, tuna.
  • Non-perishable foods: Mustard, ketchup, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, potatoes, grains (barley, quinoa).

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Coming Up in November

Fall Cleanup & Daffodil Bulb Planting — Saturday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Come help us rake leaves, plant bulbs, mulch and prepare the Garden for winter.

Weekly in the Garden
Children's Storytime — Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
(While the temperature remains above 50 degrees.)

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: Third Annual Harvest Festival & Wellness Programming

Third Annual Harvest Festival
Hundreds of neighbors, families and friends celebrated on Oct. 24 at the third annual Elizabeth Street Garden Harvest Festival. Our community enjoyed a day of fun activities for all ages, live music, and lite bites and refreshments donated by neighborhood businesses.

Kids in Halloween costumes decorated pumpkins, painted faces, listened to storytime, and explored the Garden and dug in the dirt; adults toured the herb garden, watched a local chef cook from the Garden's harvest and designed greeting cards with pressed leaves; gardeners planted daffodil bulbs donated by New Yorkers for Parks; and many posted and tweeted from the social media sharing station.

Thanks to all of the volunteers, activity sponsors, musicians and contributors who helped make this year's festival a tremendous success!
We thank Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick both for attending our festival again this year and supporting Elizabeth Street Garden.
The Harvest Festival was the culmination of Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden's Edible Garden Lab neighborhood-led initiative, which began in spring to engage both children and adults with the Garden as a living laboratory, and was funded in part by a generous grant from Citizens Committee for New York City.
Activity Sponsors & Musicians
Chinatown YMCA; musicians Jason Harrod & Friends; Little Peep Prep; The Montessori in SoHo; McNally Jackson Books with Argentine cartoonist and children's books author Liniers; Open Window; PUBLIC and chef de cuisine Alan Wise; and herbalist Kirsten Tempel.
Lite Bites and Refreshments Donated By
Wellness Programming Winds Down for 2015

The last weekly wellness classes of the season were held in the Garden at the end of October.

Thanks to volunteers Suzanne Monto and Wenji Zou for leading kids' yoga and meridian tapping and Erum Hasnain and Kristen Lalka for organizing vinyasa yoga. Thanks also to the local yoga studios and individual instructors who donated their time and services to support the popular program.

These classes, in addition to tai chi with the Chinatown YMCA, provided members of the community an opportunity to enhance their health and relax outdoors in the Garden.

Garden Press

Late Fall Garden Hours

Late Fall Garden Hours (weather permitting)
Weekends, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays & Fridays, Noon – 4 p.m.
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 4 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.
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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.

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