JEA Gardening Club
The Jamaica Estates is a unique housing estate of approximately 14,000 residents living in about 1800 single family detached houses. The estates has a suburban flavor as it is relatively quiet with tree lined streets within the densely populated borough of Queens. It is very close to major transportation systems, highways, and a major university. The estates is beautiful, particularly in the spring and summer because of its landscape, green lawns and flower gardens that its residents are very mindful about.
A nice garden is not only increases property value, it is a healthy inexpensive physical and mental activity that brings people closer to nature. It reduces stress and increase a sense of wellness and belonging. It adds beauty to the neighborhood and increase awareness and appreciation for nature. Additionally, growing one’s own fruits and vegetable is a very satisfying activity.
Since most residents living in single family houses in the estates involve some form of gardening, it benefits the residents to have a garden club in various ways. It creates an opportunity for residents of diverse racial, social, religious and cultural backgrounds to meet their neighbors, share gardening techniques and gardening challenges and other related issues and work side-by-side on common goals and benefit.
The activities of the club include :
Organize periodic meetings of club members to discuss and share issues and techniques related to gardening
Advise JEA on neighborhood beautification matters
Assist the JEA Parks & Landscape Committee
Organize seminars and workshops on various aspects of gardening
Organize an annual gardening competition among JEA members
Creating and maintain a WEB page within JEA website featuring beautiful gardens, tips of gardening etc.
Gardening Club volunteers take a break from spring planting at the Greenstreets triangle at Midland Parkway and Surrey Place.
Springtime blossoms at the Greenstreets triangle.
Gardening Club members enjoying a lecture by the arborist at the Queens Botanical Garden.
Viewing the extensive cactus collection of Norman Bobrow.