If you walk down East 25th Street, between Clarendon Road and Avenue D in Brooklyn, the first thing you’ll notice is that the streets are lined with a lush array of flowers, shrubs, and gardens.
In August 2016, the block was named the Greenest Block in Brooklyn by the Brooklyn Botanic Group. This is the fourth time in 20 years that the neighborhood has received this prestigious award.
The effort to green East 25th Street was led by a six retirees in the block’s gardening club. They planted, watered, and weeded many plots on the street, aided by a very large group of neighborhood residents. Most of the plants growing in the neighborhood are flowers, a mix of native and non-native species including Echinacea, black-eyed Susans, and marigolds.
Gardens didn’t go unrepresented, though. The community took it upon themselves to green up the yard of a vacant house. Pumpkins and tomatoes are growing there now. We suspect the neighborhood residents have enjoyed lots of fresh tomato salad and will have a very good Halloween indeed, with lots of jack o’lanterns to carve.
The winners of the Greenest Block contest are judged on resident participation, eco-friendliness, plant variety, use of color, and street tree maintenance.
More than 150 blocks in 25 neighborhoods competed for the 2016 Greenest Block in Brooklyn prize.
Congratulations to the East 25th Street neighborhood. Congratulations also to Fulton Street, between South Portland and South Oxford streets, which won the award for greenest commercial block in the borough.