Children’s Magical Garden, City Officials Celebrate GreenThumb Status Monday (Updated)

On Monday, members of the Children’s Magical Garden, the Parks Department and City Council member Margaret Chin will celebrate the garden’s new “GreenThumb” status.

Feng Chen and garden supporters Tzara & Tristan Wiechers. Photo courtesy: Children's Magical Garden.

Feng Chen and garden supporters Tzara & Tristan Wiechers. Photo courtesy: Children’s Magical Garden.

Controversy surrounded the garden after developer Serge Hoyda put up a fence in May dividing a parcel he owns from two city-owned lots on Stanton Street.  The Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which controlled the publicly owned sites, agreed to transfer them to the GreenThumb program, which is administered by the Parks Department.  The new status offers added legitimacy to the garden and protections that did not exist in the past.  Now garden activists are hoping to make the space whole again by acquiring the Hoyda-controlled lot.

Monday’s celebration will take place at 9:30 a.m.  All are welcome. The garden is located on Stanton Street at Norfolk.

UPDATED: We hear this event is postponed because the GreenThumb paperwork has not yet been finalized.