Plant lovers living in cities are not new; but, during the 2020 quarantine, many more joined this meditative, calming, and beautiful-to-look-at obsession. The process of taking care of plants, understanding nature, and enjoying the company of greenery have become part of the pro-self care and mental health advocating lifestyle.
Urban Plant experience can also be shared with a community, building something heartfelt and environmentally friendly together. We are collaborating with the first community garden in NYC, the Liz Christy Garden, which started in 1973, whose namesake founder advocated for greenery in the less-than-affluent areas of lower Manhattan. In memory of her iconic headscarf styling in old photos and the garden members, who have continued to fight for a slice of paradise in the city, we designed a special t-shirt and silk bandana to fundraise for the garden.
ABOUT THE LIZ CHRISTY GARDEN:
In 1973, Liz Christy and the gardening activist group Green Guerillas were building window boxes, planting trees, and using "seed bombs" to turn vacant lots into wildflower gardens in downtown Manhattan. They saw the potential to transform a rubble-strewn lot on East Houston Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery into a greenspace. After gaining the city's permission to use the land, volunteers hauled out the garbage and rubble, spread donated topsoil, installed a fence, and began planting. The first community garden in New York City was born and has been maintained entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers ever since.
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