The gardens of the Lower East Side, some of the oldest and most venerable in the City, are renowned for their eccentric innovative designs and their fiercely dedicated volunteers.
The 6BC Garden on East 6th Street between Avenues B and C more than lives up to the standards of its neighborhood. Founded in 1981, the garden began as a traditional organization – its members maintained their own plots while contributing to community spaces. A shift in leadership and the decision to incorporate, led to changes in 1995. 6BC became an official botanical garden, the first and only one in Manhattan devoted to bio-diversity, horticultural education, neighborhood beautification, and community programming. 6BC was assigned to parks in 1999, a move that safeguards the land's status as a green space while leaving administration, leadership and maintenance of the garden in the hands of its members.