History of Garden and Greening
In 1962, NYCHA initiated a Citywide Resident Garden Competition from which NYCHA’s current Garden and Greening program was born. Initially a Flower Garden Contest only, the competition later expanded to include the Vegetable and Theme Gardens categories. The competition eventually evolved into the full-fledged unit at NYCHA dedicated to supporting resident gardeners presently known as the Garden and Greening Program.
Many gardens throughout NYCHA’s developments are entered in the Annual Garden and Greening Program Competition and judged by a panel of horticulture professionals. A citywide winner in a number of categories is chosen from first-placed borough winners. Selected winners are recognized at the Annual Citywide Garden Competition Awards Ceremony.
In 2005, the Garden and Greening Program expanded its mission to include the planting of larger trees and shrubs. The program also implemented an expansive year-round environmental education programming which includes coordinating workshops and field trips to the city’s botanical gardens, parks, and museums. The next step for the G&G program is to begin holding even more regional workshops in addition to the annual conference.
In addition, a major focus of G&G today is working to increase the production of, and access to, nutritional organic produce in the communities we serve.