Clifton Street River Garden

Volunteer Leader(s):

Rose Bonito

Neighborhood: Fair Haven Heights/Quinnipiac Meadows

Type of Site: Streetscape Streetscape

Address: 1 Clifton St, New Haven, CT, 06513

Intern(s):

2019 Greenspace Report

The Clifton St River Garden is a beautiful greenspace that welcomes all canoers that use the launch, but also serves as a peaceful coastal refuge to watch the birds, bridge, or oyster boats. Led by Rose Bonito, the volunteers at this space have planted so many great perennials and shrubs in order to add color and attract the attention of all who pass by on Quinnipiac Avenue. This summer the group made great progress by finishing planting in the beds by the canoe launch and moving on to the curb area at the entrance to Clifton St. In this new area they worked hard to remove a dying juniper, then replaced it with an inkberry and a variety of other shrubs and perennials. They also hosted an oyster history talk which allowed people from the community to enjoy the space, connect with one another, and participate in environmental education. Their hard work this summer reflects the commitment this recently revived group has to restoration, stewardship, and community.

2019 Accomplishments

  • 4 shrubs planted (1 Butterfly bush, 1 Ilex shamrock (inkberry), 1 Mugo pine, 1 Knock out rose )
  • 9 perennials planted (3 Echinacea, 2 russian sage, 2 sedum, 2 liriope)
  • 1.0 yards mulch spread
  • 6 events
  • 7 volunteers
  • 15 volunteer hours