Open Garden Day 2023

Please join us at the garden for Open Garden Day from 10-4 on Saturday.

We’ll be hosting a work day in the morning followed by a mini-BBQ/potluck. You’re welcome to bring snacks, side dish, dessert or drinks to share, and we’ll provide the grilled goodies.

All are welcome!

See you at the Pharm

The Garden Season Is Here

Thank you to garden members who pitched in and brought great energy to the first work day of the new season! Led by Master Gardener Traci, we distributed a fresh pile of woodchips and also did some pruning and trimming.

If you participated in the work day and haven’t already, please submit your Service Hours. Thank you again!

Photo by Mickey
Photos by Traci

What is a work day?

Led by a master gardener, a workday typically follows a meeting and is a great way to get involved with the garden! MGs will prioritize tasks around the garden, which can include moving and distributing soil, pruning, trimming, removing nails from boards, picking up leaves for compost, spreading fresh compost and lots more.

Work days count toward a member’s Service Hours. Service Hours are required for all/most members. Work Hours + Open Hours = Service Hours. More details about Service Hours can be viewed here.

Compost your Christmas tree at MulchFest 2016


Once again, Prospect Heights Community will be serving as a drop off location for MuchFest. Bringing your Christmas tree to the garden will guarantee its continued use in the form of mulch which will be used in the garden and around the neighbourhood. Don’t let your tree end up in the trash!

TreeCycle/Mulch Fest 2016 is part of an annual, city wide program organised by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. For more info on the program, go to the MulchFest site.

Prospect Heights Community Farm will be one of the many places to drop off your Christmas tree throughout the city. We’ll be collecting trees and chipping them into mulch on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th of January from 10 am to 2 pm. That gives you a few days from twelfth night on the 5th of January to lug your tree over to the garden.


Time to prune

A few hardy souls gathered in the garden on the last day of February to get a start on pruning some of the trees and larger shrubs.

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It was only 25°F when we started, but at least the sun was shining.



About 10 people came to help; not bad for February!



Brian’s mum and Catherine display weather appropriate layering of head-wear while tending to Euonymus kiautschovicus ‘Manhattan’ and Stuartia pseudocamellia, respectively.


Two brutes, a Doctor Huey rose and Campsis radicans (trumpet vine), getting a good cut by yours truly and Virginia.


We have a good deal of Cornus sericea (red-twigged dogwood) which is pruned every winter. After some trimming we end up with enough branches to make a decent stock of pea sticks/bean poles.



Jeremy uses the pole saw to reach some high up branches.


Smaller prunings being taken to the brush pile by Aaron.


We also cut back the raspberries and blackberries and removed some larger limbs of the Euonymous alatus (burning bush). Sprirea japonica was cut back, and some suckers on the apple tree were removed.

Thanks to all who braved the cold! Everyone is welcome to come to our next group gardening day on the 21st of March at 1pm; hope to see you there!

All photos by Brian Thompson.

Spring bulb planting recap

We had a successful bulb planting day earlier this month. Big thanks to everyone who braved the cool weather!

Many daffodils, anemones, muscari, alliums, hyacinths, crocus, and tulips were planted. The dark winter days will certainly be getting brighter come March and April!

We recorded our notes and instructions so that those planting bulbs in the future can use them as a guide. They are available in the gardening guides section of the website.

Photos by Brian Thompson.