Promoting Community Presence Through Gardening

About the Garden

This neighborhood garden has been a beloved community space for over 30 years. The site hosts educational programming, health and fitness classes, movie nights, live music, dancing, general events, and informal gatherings. The space is run voluntarily by local residents and is open regularly to the public. 

In the late 1970s, namesake and founder Jane Bailey worked to repurpose this lot into a garden. Through generous support from community volunteers and local organizations, it has grown and flourished over the years. We owe special thanks to New York Restoration Project, the Dean family, Green Guerillas, Bed-Stuy North Improvement Association, and Green Thumb.

GARDEN SIZE: 4,280 Square Feet

AMENITIES: Compost toilet, covered shelter, water absorbent rubber tiled area, lawn, picnic tables, BBQ grill, two hoses


"What I like best about our garden is that it keeps me in tune with nature by allowing me to grow vegetables to eat and jar, experience the flowers and trees, watch hummingbirds and butterflies, and relax with friends and neighbors at barbecues and community events." 

-Beryl Benbow, community garden member


Membership to the garden allows you key access to the garden, use of the composting system, the option to apply for a personal garden plot* and prioritized applications for booking the garden for events.

Members are expected to:

To become a member:   

The following misdemeanors will result in a personal membership review meeting with the Garden Membership Committee and possible dismissal from garden membership status:

*New members are not guaranteed a personal plot. Once all work hours have been completed and plots become available, a new member can apply for a personal plot.

Community Garden Events

Jane Bailey Memorial Garden has hosted morning yoga, movie nights, writer's talks, salsa dancing, and evening jazz for the community.

See photos of past events on our Instagram account.