New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence

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2021 Greenspace Report

In its fifth summer as a greenspace group, the New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing was formally dedicated on June 12. At least two hundred people, mostly the families of victims of gun violence in New Haven, attended the ceremony, which included speeches by Marlene Pratt, Mayor Justin Elicker, and Senator Richard Blumenthal. The dedication was an inspiring event, and the garden—no longer a construction site, but now a beautiful, peaceful, blooming space—has become a popular spot to visit, not only for those remembering lost loved ones but also for those simply walking through and enjoying the plants and the view of West Rock. However, the experience of this summer also showed some of the challenges that a Greenspace site of this size and complexity will face, particularly the need to attract and coordinate substantial volunteer participation and the necessity of near-constant maintenance. In subsequent years, the volunteer leaders, URI staff, and the interns will need to address these challenges. But the site is still young, and its future looks bright.

2021 Accomplishments

  • 17 shrubs planted (1 Virginia sweetspire, 1 diabolo ninebark, 1 black chokeberry, 1 bush honeysuckle, 1 ruby spice summersweet, 3 kaliedeoscope mountain laurel, 5 blue princess holly, 1 wine & roses weigela, 3 minuet weigela)
  • 17 perennials planted (10 palace purple coralbells, 2 catmint, 4 goldsturm black-eyed Susan, 1 Cheyenne spirit coneflower)
  • 13.5 yards mulch spread
  • 6 events
  • 24 volunteers
  • 110 volunteer hours