We are really excited to share Wangari Gardens with you! This 2.7 acre garden park in Washington, DC is bursting with creative potential. With a mission inspired by a passion for community engagement and Professor Wangari Maathai’s legacy, we are building a park to benefit everyone.
We’ve started with a community garden, youth garden, public fruit tree orchard, public vegetable garden, public herb garden, public berry garden, outdoor classroom, and pollinator hive.
Drop by to grab a snack from the shared public garden spaces, or reserve a private plot! Soon, we hope to start working on a community compost drop off center, youth farmer’s market, walking/wheelchair trail, butterfly/sensory garden, public medicinal garden, natural playground and recreational space.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-670-5459 for more information!
See our Wangari pamphlet here!
Wangari Gardens in the News:
“Activist gardening is the latest face of social justice in the District. Forget living in a tent in McPherson Square. Instead, try pulling on muddy work boots and hauling fertilizer and mulch to a forlorn lot, then persuading your housemates to get off their iPads and go outdoors to plant snap peas and garlic.” –The Washington Post
“Saturday May 4th was a special day at Wangari Gardens in Washington DC. Wanjira Mathai, Wangari Maathai’s daughter and Vice Chair of the Green Belt Movement (GBM) Board visited the Gardens for the first time… Wanjira said about her visit to the gardens: ’It was a very inspiring day to see how a community is building links and friendships one garden at a time.’” –The Green Belt Movement
“Washington is experiencing two movements simultaneously, sustainability and gentrification. If gentrification outpaces sustainability, low-income people don’t benefit … Josh Singer and his team tackle this problem head on in Washington’s Park View community with Wangari Gardens, a three-acre garden park run for and by the community.” –Roll Call
“…a good example of the kinds of roller coasters scrappy new community gardens often face — and the power of persistence.” –Grist
“Kenya’s Ambassador to the United States, Elkanah Odembo, paid tribute to the late Prof Maathai at a ceremony in late September at which the 1.2-hectare property was formally given the name ‘Wangari Gardens.’” –Daily Nation (Kenya)
“Sandwiched between four lanes of bustling cars, under a sky buzzing with helicopter traffic from the nearby hospital center, Wangari Gardens is an oasis at the crossroads of Irving Street, Kenyon Street and Park Place NE.” –Ward 5 Heartbeat
“Well this is freaking awesome.” –PoPville
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