Alice’s Garden

Client:    Center For Resilient Cities

Size:    2 Acres

Location:    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Center for Resilient Cities engaged our services to work with them in revamping Alice's Garden. There is a long history to this community garden that has served the neighborhoods for many years. Through the unending efforts of the Center for Resilient Cities and the generous donations of many benefactors Alice's Garden has become viable once again.

We worked closely with the Center for Resilient Cities over a two year time period. Working collaboratively with many Milwaukee County and city government agencies we secured the required permits for this project. Improvements include site work, demolition of an abandoned alley and repair and upgrade of existing chain link fence. A central wood pavilion provides a gathering space for educational learning, demonstration and gardening activities. Three garden storage sheds with pergola and potting table anchor the pathways in the garden. These sheds are paramount for secure storage of materials and supplies used in gardening and educational activities. Support amenities such as benches, grills, trash receptacles, and tables are incorporated throughout the garden. Relocation of the steel garden arbor provides an inviting entrance gateway.

As the uses of the garden evolved we responded by adding a lawn area for yoga, irrigation issues resolved, planting fruit trees and helping with whatever was needed.

The renovated Alice's Garden is a wonderful environment. The garden has been transformed into a center of youth educational programs, vegetable gardening for ninety-one neighborhood families and community learning. Working collegially with a team of city officials, subcontractors, gardeners and the Center for Resilient Cities has been a very rewarding experience. We are proud to be a part of such a successful project.

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