Jefferson Market Garden Newsletter
Volume 14, Number 2 
Summer 2015     

Garden Events

40th Anniversary Celebration
September 9th
click here for tickets and information 

Art Exhibit
Fine Art Photos by
Bill Thomas, Fredda Tone, Linda Camardo 
September 19-20, 2015 12:30-6:30

Marianne Yoors, weaver/ceramist 

   Adopt a Pot
September 26-27, 2015
  11 am - 6 pm
Bring children to our Free Annual Harvest Festival
Pumpkins & Cookies by
October 10, 2015

Holiday Tree Lighting 
sponsored by 
date and time 
 to be announced

You are invited to

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70A Greenwich Ave PMB 372   
New York, NY 10011

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Photo Gallery
2015 Events
for our

Midwinter Evening at Jefferson Market Library

Children's Festival of Flowers 

Two Children's Garden of Music  Concerts 

Louis Chan photo  


Garden Party

Janice Friedman Trio

Five Sunday Irish Harp & Song Concerts

Art Photography in the Garden

Bill Thomas

Linda Camardo
 Celebrating Our 40th Year!

Linda Camardo Photo
Better Every Year!       
     40 years ago a group of Greenwich village activists stood inside a chainlink fence on a barren patch of rubble that remained after the demolition of the Women's House of Detention.  They announced that the land under their feet had been transferred to the Parks Department and that their organization, the Village Committee for the Jefferson Market Area, was going to turn the space into a garden for the community.   There were no trees or shrubs, flowers, irrigation system, topsoil or any sort of garden design. 
Our Garden 1980

       Volunteers from the community quickly mobilized to mitigate the obvious challenges of the site.  Landscape architect Pamela Berdan volunteered to develop a design for the garden and the city provided a water supply.  Anne Spira as Chairman of Volunteers coordinated the work of community gardeners.  Philanthropist Brooke Astor took an interest in the newly named Jefferson Market Garden and the Vincent Astor Foundation under her direction  funded the basic materials that were needed.  And so our Garden began.   
      In 1998 the chainlink fence was replaced by a high steel and wrought iron fence designed to complement our neighbor, the 19th century Jefferson Market Library (formerly the Jefferson Market Courthouse).  Again, it was Brooke Astor and the Vincent Astor Foundation that provided grant funds for the design, construction and installation of the new fence that protects and beautifies our Garden today. 

    Today our Garden has mature trees and shrubs, a prolific rose garden, abundant annual and perennial flower beds surrounding a luxuriant lawn, a koi pond with a resident bullfrog, an active  butterfly garden, a small kitchen garden area and plantings and feeding areas to attract and conserve resident and migrating birds.  For almost two decades, our Horticulturist and Garden Designer,  Susan Sipos has been overseeing the garden design and maintenance, and selecting seasonal plants for amazing displays of colors and textures.

                      Laurie Moody photos                       Fredda Tone photo
     On September 9th, the Garden is having a special celebration of our 40 years of Beauty and Service to our community.  We will be presenting long-term supporters of our Garden, Barry Benepe and Adrian Benepe, with the Brooke Astor Award for Outstanding Contributions to Urban Gardens.

Barry Benepe contributed to a markedly better urban environment through the development of our Greenmarkets and advocated for improving underutilized urban spaces, maintaining local farmland and bringing the bounty of the crops into the city in a way that brought new life to the streets and fresh produce into our homes.

Adrian Benepe provided creative leadership at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation during a period of renovation, transformation and expansion of our park system that provided New Yorkers with a markedly better urban environment.  Over 730 acres of new parks were created under his stewardship.

     We hope you can join us for this joyous, historic event.  Click here for information and tickets. 

Volunteerism Continues

     Spring 2015 began with a cold, shrub-damaging winter, but our tulips and other Spring flowers were only a little later than expected.  Our wonderful Gate Volunteers donned hats and gloves and winter coats to open the gates so that visitors could enjoy the glorious display.  Now in the heat of summer, they are still there.

     On Mondays, Garden Volunteers have persevered through finger numbing cold and the tropical heat to trim, plant, dig, rake, sweep and hand-water new plantings. 

           Linda Camardo photo                     Bill Thomas photo

     We give special thanks to both the Gate and Garden Volunteers who make our Garden both accessible and beautiful.
     At the same time, many more unseen volunteers prepare publications, create and maintain our social media, donate photos and art work, staff weddings and other Garden events, and our Board Members oversee all aspects of the Garden and worked for to continue its financial stability.

    We appreciate the time and skills that so many of you give to the Garden.

  Community Programs Expand 

         School children enjoying a free Garden tour

   With the Garden's fabulous greenery and blooms in the background, we presented a series programs for our community: 

     The Children's Festival of Flowers with Dave the Worm Guy educating and Christine Gros directing

     The Children's Garden of Music, two concerts of classical music by the Borough of Manhattan Community College Faculty Ensemble, chaired by Elizabeth Butson

     Five Sunday Concerts of Irish Harp and Songs by Christina Britton Conroy

     These were made possible with the help of Garden Volunteers and members of the Sixth Precinct Police Explorers Post 516.  Our community sponsors contributed to our successes:  Imagination Play Project, Noisy Notes, New York Public Library, NYU,   BMCC and Peter Rabbit Organics

We THANK YOU all!   

     Our Garden flourishes primarily because of generous support from YOU in the contribution box, checks in the mail, clicks on our support page and from those who will attend our our 40th Anniversary Celebration.  
     We salute our Garden Volunteers, Gate Greeters, individual donors, foundation and business  contributors, and everyone else who gives time and talent to our amazing Garden!  During the past 40 years, your support has transformed a rubble strewn lot into a place of tranquility and beauty in the heart of Greenwich Village.  We thank you all!
 George Paulos , Chair
    and the Jefferson Market Board

Enduring Beauty Since 1975

Jefferson Market (est.1833) & Watch Tower

     In 1975, visionary Greenwich Village activists took back the land where Jefferson Market, a farmers' produce market, stood before the Women's House of Detention (1932-1973) was built and then demolished.  Their dream garden is now a reality.

Christina Britton Conroy Concert

Celebrating 40 years in 2015

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Village Committee for the Jefferson Market Area
  Our latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271