Gardening – Every Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM (April to Thanksgiving)

The Jackson Heights Beautification Group volunteers garden each Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM from April to November at our 18 different green spots around Jackson Heights.  Everyone is welcome to join, we need your help to make the community bloom!  Just check the website to see our locations and drop by to help.  JHBG brings the tools, gloves, plants, and water for all the volunteers.

We have a planting schedule in the spring and the fall and during the summer we work to maintain all our different spaces:

1) 64th and Northern (farm on other side of BQE) – newest space
2) 69th and Northern (sunflowers by the gas station entrance ramp)
3) 69th Street and 34th Ave. (farm on hill by BQE)
4) 69th Street and 35th Ave. (composting and storage location)
5) 69th Street between 37 & 35th Ave. (garden by railroad track)
6) 69th Street and 37th Ave. (tulip garden)
7) Leverich Cemetery (35th Ave. and 71st St.)
8) IS 230 (34th Ave. and 73rd St.)
9) IS 145 (34th Ave. and 79th St.)
10) PS 69 (37th Ave. and 77th St.)
11) Post Office (37th Ave. and 79th St.)
12) Street Trees along 37th Ave.
13) PS 280 (35th Ave. and 93rd St.)
14) PS 149 (34th Ave. and 94th St.)
15) Food Bazaar (34th Avenue and Junction Blvd)

16) PS 92 (34th Ave. and 99th Street) 

17) New planters at 90th Street and Roosevelt Ave (triangle under the train station) 

18) Planned next space- 35th Avenue and 64th Street (see photo below of current condition).

 

 

Fall 2017 Schedule:

I am working on the fall gardening schedule.  Here is what I propose.  I am waiting for confirmation from the schools.

September 2 – Post Office – 37th Ave. & 78th St.
                    9 – 69th Street at 35th Ave.
                   16 – PS 92 – 34th Ave. & 99th St.
                  23 – PS 149 – 34th Ave. & 94th St.
                  30 – PS 148 – 32nd Ave. + 90th St.
October        7 – IS 145 – 34th Ave. & 79th St.
                    14 – PS 280 – 35th Ave. & 94th St.
                    21 – PS 69 – 37th Ave. & 77th St.
                   28 – Leverich Cemetery – 72nd St. & 35th Ave.
     Tuesday 31 – Halloween Parade 5 PM on 37th 
November   4 – Food Bazar – Junction Blvd. & 34th Ave.
                     11 – 64th St. & Northern Blvd.
                     18 – 69th St. & 35th Ave.
We garden Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM until Thanksgiving.
We are gardeners so we work rain or shine.

Spring Planning Breakfast:

Each spring we hold a planning breakfast where people eat pancakes and propose gardening spots to work on.  Once the schedule is set, we have a group of about 10 – 30 people who meet each Saturday morning from about 10 AM to 1 PM.  Jackson Heights Beautification Group supplies the plants,  tools, gloves, and water.

Street Trees along 37th Avenue

Jackson Heights Beautification Group volunteers plant and water many of the street trees along 37th Avenue.  A dedicated team of volunteers have been installing tree guards around new trees and planting tree gardens around the trees.  The life of a street tree is difficult and we need to work to keep these trees healthy.  We have removed the paving stones around most trees so the roots can have acess to more air and water.  We break up compacted dirt and add mulch all in an effort to keep these trees healthy.

Leverich Cemetery – Started in 2014

64th Street and Northern Blvd.  Started in 2017

69th Street — Our first garden started in 2010

PS 69 – Started in 2015

IS 145 – Started in 2016 but big re-hab done in Spring of 2017

 

PS 280 – Started work in 2015

PS 149 – Started work in 2014

69th Street Finca (Farm) – Started in 2015

69th Street and Northern Blvd. — Started in 2016

 

JH Post Office  — is maintained by JHBG, becuase if not it looks like the photo above.

Garden at 69th Street and 37th Ave

Tree workshop along 37th Avenue

69th Street and 34th Avenue, before and after.  Started 2014

 

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Street Trees along 37th Avenue

Jackson Heights Beautification Group volunteers plant and water many of the street trees along 37th Avenue.  A dedicated team of volunteers have been installing tree guards around new trees and planting tree gardens around the trees.  The life of a street tree is difficult and we need to work to keep these trees healthy.  We have removed the paving stones around most trees so the roots can have acess to more air and water.  We break up compacted dirt and add mulch all in an effort to keep these trees healthy.

We have a planting schedule in the spring and the fall and during the summer we work to maintain our 16 different spaces:

We hope to add planters at the 90th Street triangle soon.

Each spring we hold a planning breakfast where people eat pancakes and propose gardening spots to work on.  Once the schedule is set, we have a group of about 10 – 30 people who meet each Saturday morning from about 10 AM to 1 PM.  Jackson Heights Beautification Group supplies the plants,  tools, gloves, and water.

SpringPlaning (2)

 

 The event will help continue to restore the Leverich Cemetery on 35th Avenue.

 

This small family burial ground, hidden behind homes and businesses along Leverich St and 35th Ave, in Jackson Heights, Queens, is all that remains of the colonial homestead established by Caleb Leverich in the 17th century, in what was then the Trains Meadow section of old Newtown, Long Island.  Caleb was the son of English minister William Leverich, who immigrated to America in 1633.  The Leveriches became a prominent Newtown family and their old homestead, originally built by Caleb in 1670, stood nearby the burial ground until it burned down in 1909.

When the cemetery was first used is unknown.  Nineteenth-century historian James Riker recorded the 33 headstones that were present in the cemetery in 1842; the earliest was that of Caleb’s grandson John Leverich, who died in 1780.  The cemetery appears to have fallen out of use during the mid-1800s, around which time the Leverich homestead seems to have passed out of the family. Although the cemetery was abandoned as family members moved out of the area, the plot was excluded from the development that sprung up around it in the early 20th century.

City property records still identify the site as the Leverich Family Burial Ground, but there is nothing left to distinguish it as such.  All of the headstones have disappeared, there are no signs identifying it as a burial ground, and the site is tangled with brush and debris and strewn with rubbish. The cemetery has not been completely forgotten, however; many of the surrounding business- and homeowners know that the site is an old graveyard and some have attempted to clean up and protect the area.  When I visited the site in October 2010, the owner of one of the adjacent homes said that he and other neighbors had some of the debris hauled off and that they had installed the gate at the site’s entrance, which is in an alley behind neighboring businesses.  A neighborhood woman holds the key to the gate, and comes each day to feed the cats that seek shelter there. A family descendant, Tom Leverich, has researched and written about the burial ground, and local preservationists and community groups have also expressed concern for the site and an interest in preserving it.

The Leverich burial ground and family home on old Trains Meadow Road in the 19th century (Beers 1873)

 

Each Spring we hold a planning breakfast to set the gardening agenda for the season.  We invite everyone to come forward with their gardening projects.  The group then descends on that block on the predetermined Saturday to complete the project.  JHBG provides the gloves, tools, dirt, mulch and plants.  You provide the labor.  Yes, you can live in a small apartment and still garden every weekend without having to keep a shovel in your apartment.

Some of our programs are:

  • Working with street trees along 37th Avenue
  • Maintaining the garden in front of the 37th Avenue Post Office
  • Cleaning and greening along 69th Sreet from 37th Avenue to Northern Blvd.
  • Started and maintain the garden by the Food Bazaar on 34th Avenue and Junction Blvd.
  • Working with local schools including
    • PS 69
    • IS 230
    • IS 145
    • PS 280
    • PS 149
    • PS 92
  • We have worked Web_Sum11x17with New York Restoraiton Project giving away free trees.

 

 

Yes, a tree spring tree giveaway season

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spring tree giveaway season


Adopt a Tree: You may have noticed that trees along 37th Avenue have little signs identifying them as having been adopted. If you want to adopt a tree, we will supply flowers—all you have to do is keep the tree clean and watered. This has turned out to be a wonderfully successful program. Thanks to all who have made it so!  Each year we loosen the dirt around many street trees.  We remove bricks and add mulch.

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Rafael Rodriguez is our full time gardening volunteer.  He has planted thousands of daffodil and tulip bulbs around Jackson Heights.  He has been working on improving the area along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

 

Clean Streets

Tree workshop along 37th Avenue 88th to Junction Blvd