Location: South Park Slope, Brooklyn (8th Ave) What's in it: A variety of grasses, bamboo, moss, Japanese maple trees and other. Who takes care of it: The people who own the home--I don't know them personally I just gawk over their handiwork. Favorite Garden Store: My favorite plant store is Forest Farm (based in Williams, OR, which I mail-order from).
How does it benefit the community: This front yard container garden beautifies the entire block and, dare I say, makes it a much better place then it would be otherwise (I wouldn't doubt if this one garden hasn't improved property values for the houses that are next to it as it shows the potential in all of them and makes them much more appealing). I live around the corner and I look forward to walking by every day no matter what season.
It's inspiring what the homeowners are able to do in such a small space, and the transformation of this yard compared to the identical yards next to it (see photo for example of neighboring yard) is not to be believed. This garden has helped me realize what can be done with a space and it's provided me with a lot of inspiration for my own roof garden. I love the mix of plants that lends the yard a meditative Japanese feel. But what is most magical is the way they have created a real sense of depth and expansiveness in a tiny space. It seems they are able to acheive this through the way they layer the garden using planters of different heights, colors, and textures. And the use of slate, which they installed this spring, is a major envy point for me!