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          The 91st Street Community Garden in Riverside Park, Manhattan, NYC
 
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WHO ARE THE GARDEN PEOPLE?
We are community volunteers who have New York City Parks Department permission to plant and maintain a flower garden between 90th and 91st Streets, in the middle level of Riverside Park.
Our community garden project began in 1977 under the auspices of the West 97-98 Streets Block Association. We first planted in a then-vacant lot at Broadway and 96th Street, where the Columbia Condominiums now stand. When the bulldozers came in 1981, we sought and received NYC Parks Department permission to start a new garden in our current spot in Riverside Park. This year, 2004, is our twenty-third year here. And today our membership includes about 40 volunteers.



WHAT WE DO
The Garden People assigns individual garden plots to members who want to cultivate them. Priority is given to those members who have demonstrated their interest and responsibility by a consistent performance of volunteer work in the garden.

We grow a wide variety of perrennial and annual flowering plants and some herbs. But, vegetables are not permitted.

Many of the members use organic methods to enrich the soil and most avoid the use of chemical pesticides. We take pride in our use of compost from our own compost pile.