Peace Gardens


Started in 2003 as a peaceful response to the war in Iraq and heavy drug activity in the neighborhood, Burton Street Community Peace Gardens is a labor of love in the heart of the Burton Street Community. From its humble beginnings as an overgrown lot filled with discarded 40-ounce bottles, the Gardens have grown to include two vegetable/flower gardening sites, a stage area, fire pit, cob pizza oven, greenhouse, pavilion and sculptures.

With a focus on environmental and community responsibility, the garden design and sculpture park have been created using found/reused items (most from the immediate neighborhood). The Gardens are hydrated from direct rain, in addition to rainwater collected in the 550-gallon tank of a neighboring residence. The greenhouse frame was constructed using steel poles from a discarded McDonald’s playground. Brick, block & concrete used to build the fire pit, garden beds, and cob oven are all sourced from residences or sidewalks that were demolished and headed for the landfill.  The 300 square foot pavilion which serves as a gathering space and teaching tool for the neighborhood and beyond is also made of many salvaged and repurposed materials.

My Community Matters students at the Burton Street Peace Gardens

Of special note is the sculpture park that is the creative endeavor of DeWayne Barton along with other local artists. The installations are created with found/reused items and each tells a separate and compelling story of social and environmental justice and black history.

The Burton Street Peace Gardens is a sanctuary for positive action, designed to create neighborhood food security, community cohesion, and a vibrant, sustainable local economy.

Garden and community walking tours are available. The garden is also available to rent for events.

Contact us to schedule a tour or rent the space.

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