United States of America, Connecticut, New Haven County, New Haven
Community Gardens at Edgerton Park (New Haven, Connecticut)
2000 - 2001
As a stipulation of Frederick Brewster's will, the grounds, designed by Robert Storer Stephenson in the English tradition, were given to the City of New Haven for a park. In 1972, The Edgerton Garden Center (now Edgerton Park Conservancy, Inc.) was incorporated for horticultural education. The center has expanded to include the community greenhouses, community gardens, the Sarah T. Crosby Conservatory, a cooperative program with the New Haven Rehabilitation Center, and restoration and maintenance activities in the Park. The community garden at Edgerton Park was started in 1982 on the site of the former Brewster Estate kitchen and cutting gardens. Approximately 74 plots 15 x 25 feet are leased annually. Divided by bark mulch paths, they are laid out around a large circle of grass, enclosed by yew hedges, which forms a focal point for the area. Water and a compost area are available on site.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Eli Whitney (former owner); Eli Whitney, II. (former owner, ? - 1855); Stephan Whitney (former owner, 1855 - ?); Carolyn Whitney Soydam Crane Baldwin (former owner, ? - 1905); Mr. and Mrs. Frederick F. Brewster (former owner, 1906 - 1965); City of New Haven (owner, 1965 - present); and Stephenson and Wheeler (architects, 1909).
The folder includes a worksheet and maps with features.