Garden Masters: Reimagining and Redefining the Urban Garden

Garden Masters: Reimagining and Redefining the Urban Garden

Sat, Sep 10, 2022
2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Join 2022 Garden Conservancy grant recipients The Garden by the Bay as they invite you to toast the transformation of a vacant lot into a trailblazing community garden. This event celebrates the opening of the Testbeds pilot project, a structure that will serve as a shed, greenhouse, and community space for years to come. Testbeds, the brainchild of the award-winning New York-based architectural design studio New Affiliates and historian Samuel Stewart-Halevy, upcycles full-scale architecture mockups of building facades and turns them into structures that can be utilized by community gardens. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as you learn about the history and expansion of community gardens and hear from the Testbeds  team about their broader vision for mockup reuse in New York City’s 500 plus community gardens. Join the gardeners for a tour of the garden and discuss its vital importance within the community of Edgemere as they seek to address food insecurity and environmental and social inequities in the post-hurricane Sandy Rockaways.

The Garden by the Bay
Far Rockaway, NY

Date and time
Saturday, September 10
2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Garden Conservancy Members, $100
Genral Public, $120

Proceeds from this
event will go towards
funding for the garden
and Testbeds project

About the Garden 
The Garden by the Bay, formerly Edgemere Coalition Community Garden, was founded in Spring of 2019 with the intention of bringing food sovereignty to the underserved community of Edgemere, NY. Their mission is to foster a cohesive and healthy community green space while addressing the existing food insecurity, environmental and social inequalities within the community. Their ethos is based on the shared collective responsibility of intergenerational stewards promoting the holistic benefits of growing fresh organic food for a healthier self-sustainable community while providing community programming through arts, cultural and wellness across social and economic demographics.

About Testbeds
Testbeds is a collaboration between New Affiliates, a New York-based design practice led by Ivi Diamantopoulou and Jaffer Kolb, and Samuel Stewart-Halevy, a designer and doctoral candidate in architectural history at Columbia University. New Affiliates are recent recipients of the Architectural League Prize for Architects and AIA’s New York New Practices award. The studio works across scales to produce buildings, installations, exhibitions, and products. Stewart-Halevy studies the materials of participatory design in the postwar period, and their role in mediating the interests of architects, planners, designers, and the communities they addressed.

The Architectural League of New York is receiving donations on behalf of TestBeds. Support this initiative by following the link below.

For more information, please contact the Garden Conservancy by telephone 845.424.6500, M-F, 9-5 Eastern, or email   

Proceeds from this 
event will go towards funding for the garden and Testbeds project.