The Old Stone House gardens are open for visits from dawn to dusk. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please reach out to Sam Lewis (he/him), OSH’s Director of Gardens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developed under the direction of environmental educator Claudia Joseph beginning in 2004, the gardens are co-designed with our community. Volunteers and students do most of the installation, hardscaping and care-taking, in exchange for learning, health benefits, harvest and community connection.
The gardens have evolved along with the gardens at our neighboring District 15 Schools. Through our partnership with Garden Train, we have established a Tool Lending Library at Washington Park. District 15 School Gardeners can call upon the resources of the Library and borrow tools for school based projects. See the tool inventory here.
Our gardens are social interaction centers, as much as they are food, medicine and craft resources or stormwater retention tools, and they have brought birds and butterflies back to the landscape. Learn more from our wonderful garden video series, created with the generous support of John Freeman of Century Tree Productions – segments are approximately six to eight minutes long, and provide a wonderful overview of each of our garden spaces and the plants that define each area. Our neighbor, educator Jimmy Ferraiolo, has also worked with us on a a series about OSH’s native food forest, starting with Gooseberries!
Since December 2021, OSH has been working with DSNY to provide a public drop-off site for community compost scraps. The compost bins are located at the end of the cul-de-sac next to the dumpsters on 4th Street between 5th and 4th Avenues. We accept drop offs 24/7. You may drop off the usual compost scraps plus grains, meat, fish, dairy, and BPI certified compostable items. No plastics please. Unfortunately as we cannot accept the volume from local businesses at this time, please limit the amount to individual household drop-offs.
Any questions can be directed to Compost and Garden Coordinator Angela Lombardo (they/them) at email@example.com. Thank you for working with us to reduce methane output from our city! Read Angela’s 2021 OSH Compost Report.
Photos: Bob Levine.
Plant information: Claudia Joseph, New York Permaculture Exchange.