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RE: The Tate Community Garden Redux


I've discussed your project with a number of my NYC activist/community
gardener friends who have many of the same reservations as I have about an
arts institution management ( some of whom have "Ks") and prole type
volunteer community gardeners working together on a project of this sort. It
seems to be a ,"there will be tears before bedtime," situation. We all hope
that we'll be wrong and that your Tate/community gardener situation will be
a fantastic success.

This wouldn't be the first gardening innovation that we would have received
from the hands of you Brits. Most aging baby-boomer organic gardeners in the
states worship at the shrine of Alan Chadwick, a British
artist/Shakespearean actor, naval officer, madman and brilliant organic
gardener whose magisterial organic gardening and teaching at the University
of California Santa Cruz  inspires and guides us to this day. It would be a
hoot if your Tate Museum community garden ended up being named after him.

I've attached some websites that may be of interest to your gardeners and
the powers that be at the Tate:





Here is the training program that has trained hundreds of US organic
gardeners that grew out of Chadwick's work:


Here's a website about an artist/garden created during the '70's by Adam
Purple (a homegrown- madman- NYC  artist community gardener) that may be of


Again, Great Luck and let us know how you've progressed. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Vicky [SMTP:vicky.osp@dial.pipex.com]
> Sent:	Tuesday, April 04, 2000 11:12 AM
> To:	community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	[cg] (no subject)
> Karen, this is a very exciting project we are working on & I'm glad of
> your
> interest. I am the Co-ordinator (freelance from today, but until last week
> working for a local charity) for the project (Bankside Open Spaces
> Programme)- we are setting up a trust which will have a nursery, provide
> grant schemes, put on a yearly flower festival, do local events, provide
> informal and accredited training with the local college and support the
> different gardens groups and local people with their gardening projects.
> (9
> sites are being improved through local government funding over this next
> year and we are aiming towards sustainable and local ownership and
> management) The NYC community gardens were very inspiring for me & I was
> very impressed with the American support structures for the gardens.
> Also - The Tate Modern is due to open in May - it has a completely new and
> very stylised landscape in the main. But there is a walled area which has
> been designated as a 'Community Resource Area'. This is partly because the
> Tate are very interested in working with the local community and perhaps
> partly a far-sighted experiment. There is a Steering Group for this
> project - 5 local residents (one from the Residents Forum), a local
> council
> officer, myself and 2 representatives from the Tate. We are working up a
> consultation process for the space which will involve working with 10
> children who we have already trained and worked with as expert consultants
> (who have given their top priorities and recommendations for open space
> and
> gardens in the area). We will team them up with a group of elderly
> residents
> and support them through a process of gathering pictoral representations
> of
> gardens (maybe photos, postcards, magazine cut outs and art on gardens (ie
> from Tate Britain & other museums)). Then we will hold an event later on
> this year in the space with all these pictures and invite the wider
> community to come and do some visioning around what this space could be.
> The
> Tate are very open as to what may happen - it will be very interesting to
> see whether we can create something which is community owned which is
> actually part of a major art gallery. Big learning curve. All the best,
> Vicky Lawrence
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