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Winter Flowers at the Community Gardens

There’s this community garden in the East Village that I’ve been to many times in my NYC wanderings ever since moving here 2+ years ago. It’s La Plaza Cultural on 9th St and Avenue C. What initially drew me to it was the fence surrounding it, decorated the whole way around with flowers made out of recycled items. Beautiful AND eco-friendly, not to mention super-creative and durable (they’ve been there for 10 years!). Love it!

This past weekend, on the Vernal Equinox and 10th Anniversary of these Winter Flowers, there was an assembly line setup where passers-by could help in constructing 300 new flowers for the garden. It involved cutting up old soda/beer cans into flower petals, layering these cans and threading them onto a pipe cleaner, adding a bottle top as the center of the flower, and finishing the flower off. They had us wear robes, hats, and gloves while participating in this special process. Lauren got to cut the cans into petals, and I had the task of assembling the cans and putting the flower together. And oh, this was not a task to be taken lightly! I took my sweet time with it, even though it backed the assembly line up a bit. But it was incredibly gratifying to be a part of it and finally see how the flowers came to form. I’m so glad we stopped by!

Winter Flowers at La Plaza Cultural community garden | brooklyn wedding photographer

Winter Flowers at La Plaza Cultural community garden | brooklyn photographer

Winter Flowers at La Plaza Cultural community garden | nyc wedding photographers

Lauren took the photo of me here (on the left), which I just LOVE because it’s so natural :) By the way, that hat barely fit on my big head!
Winter Flowers at La Plaza Cultural community garden | brooklyn photographer   Winter Flowers at La Plaza Cultural community garden | nyc wedding photographers

These are the flowers we made:
Winter Flowers at La Plaza Cultural community garden | brooklyn wedding photographer

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