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The World’s Most Inspiring City Block?

The World’s Most Inspiring City Block?

There is jubilation on Lincoln Road in the normally quiet neighborhood of Lefferts Gardens: The block between Bedford and Rogers Avenues has for the second time been named the Greenest Block in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual contest earlier this summer.

Beating out 173 competitors in three rounds of rigorous judging, the block is blessed both with extra wide sidewalks, which contain generous gardening beds, and with community spirit. Longtime residents, many in multi-generational households, offer new arrivals gardening tutelage.

Here are some of colorful photographs Jeanne Rostaing took for Gardenista.

Above: Many residents are Caribbean transplants, and their plants reflect their sunny homelands.

Above: Tolonda Tolbert, president of the block association, once again led her neighbors to victory, just as she did in 2009. The block is big. There are 80 houses; a record 75 took part this year. Three years ago, only 60 houses joined in. Ms. Tolbert, who has lived on Lincoln Road for 10 years, credits a campaign of almost relentless friendliness for the jump in participation.

Above: Flowers are everywhere, and their colors are bold. Its unexpected under the big old shade trees.

Above: Chartreuse planters with red and orange zinnias, burgundy-striped cannas, shocking pink hibiscus flowers as big as platters and huge elephant ears the tropics are alive and well in Brooklyn this summer.

Above: In accepting the Greenest Block prize, Tolonda Tolbert thanked everyone who not only beautified their own properties but also lent a hand in the gardens of elderly neighbors and those away on vacation.

Gardens provide such inspiration. To see more amazing outdoor spaces, visit Gardenista’s posts A Modern Shaker Garden and Cottesbrooke Gardeners’ Fair.

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9:49AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

just wow. but edible plants are good too!

9:13AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

It takes one person to get it started. When I had a house and started planting in the front yard it did inspire my neighbors.

1:16AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Nice. Very beautiful

7:36PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Nice to see neighbours working together like this.

5:38AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012


1:19PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

really beautiful

9:55AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Wonderful! Such a lush bountiful image, where anyone can feel the healing power of beauty and life's colors flowing ~ Thank you for sharing this ideal picture to inspire others!

8:09AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012


2:43AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Very nice

5:54PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Interesting and very beautiful. Gardening is good for our eyes and our minds, in the jungle of stone and concrete in which we live.

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very Interesting. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Thanks. All the cats like it if I can stay home.....

Thank You for sharing =)


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