Custom boxes were built by a skilled Japanese carpenter, soil was delivered and a few of the neighbors, went up to Dmitri's Garden Center on Second Avenue (103rd) with the friend/gardener and picked out a variety of part-sun loving plants: boxwood, creeping phlox and heliotrope.
A few hours later - this lush garden was planted. As it was being planted several people walked by and commented on the improvement. The owners were so proud! (If only we had a before photo.) skgr