United States of America, Connecticut, Hartford County, Hartford
Whitman Close Commons (Hartford, Connecticut)
Located on a third of an acre in downtown Hartford, this garden was established in 1985 as part of a redevelopment project. A parking lot which previously occupied the space was relocated and landscaped to make room for the community garden. Designed by Jeff Gebrian and his company CR3, it serves as a common area for the residents who host many activities and social events there. The garden is flanked by two groups of brownstone row houses that were built in the 1860s and 1870s. The centerpiece of the garden is a raised brownstone circle that provides seating along its edge. Vertical stones mark the four corners of the compass with a stone line pointing north. Other features include a vegetable garden, a shade garden, and a compost pile. The garden is part of the Buckingham Square Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Persons associated with the garden include: Whitman Close Association (owner, 1985- ), Jeff Gebrian (landscape designer, 1985).
The folder includes worksheets, garden design plans, planting list, and historical information about the property and surrounding neighborhood.
Garden has been featured in Buckingham Square: An Urban Restoration Proposal," by Sheryl Breetz, William Breetz, Andrew Gold, Toni Gold, and Thomas Tramont, Hartford, 1974