New for 2022
Hurricane Ida Storm Recovery
In early September 2021, Queens was inundated by floodwaters from the tail end of Hurricane Ida, creating enormous damage to plant-life and property, and even claiming lives in the nearby neighborhoods. Cars were swept down the street, lumber piles and toilets from construction sites were scattered, and the meticulously-tended gardens in Forest Hills were decimated.
Sadly, Project Eden was not spared. Furniture and supplies were cast about, storage containers upended and flooded, and, perhaps most devastatingly, our vegetable plots were submerged under nearly a foot of water contaminated by motor oil, sewage, and other runoff. It was a total loss of the fruits of our 2021 labor.
But we have taken the challenge in stride. In the spirit of the founders of the garden who saw a garden haven in derelict land under a train trestle, we are working to bounce back better than ever. We are redesigning the garden layout to provide more public gathering space and relocate the vegetable plots away from areas that have become too shaded for fruiting plants over the years.
We remain closed to the public for the time being while we make the space safe for guests, but will be hosting volunteer work days.