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A Garden of Eden right here in Queens

Award-winning community garden is ready for you to visit and enjoy

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:04 am, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

In Forest Hills, just underneath the old Far Rockaway rail line over Yellowstone Boulevard and Kessel Street there sits a community oasis. Project Eden, a community garden that opened in 1992, catches the eye immediately with dozens of flowers, herbs and greenery sprouting from what was once a vacant lot.

The garden is maintained by 24 or so gardeners — all of whom had to submit an application and be interviewed for the volunteer position — and is open to anyone looking for a break from reality.

“We are here for everybody,” Gloria Iperante, one of the garden coordinators, said.

Though the garden is beautiful, funding and supplies have been hard to come by and Iperante said they can use every bit of help they can get. Those who would like to donate funds or outdoor furniture may do so by contacting Iperante at (718) 263-5153.

The garden is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the day until Oct. 31.

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