Victims of Gun Violence

2019 Greenspace Report

This summer, the mothers of the Victims of Gun Violence greenspace group worked tirelessly to turn their vision for the New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence into a reality. They finalized plans with the site’s architects and the Parks Department. They hosted community gatherings and educational events, breaking ground at the construction site and sharing their stories with the public. The garden is projected to begin construction in September 2019. In the meantime, the mothers and neighbors have been hard at work every Saturday: planting trees, shrubs, and perennials at the edges of the site; clearing invasives in the forest; removing trash blown in by the wind; and generally turning what was an abandoned plot of park land into a cared-for space. The group ended the summer by planting an eastern white pine, known as the “tree of peace” in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture, at the entrance of the garden. Victims of Gun Violence will continue its workdays throughout the year.

2019 Accomplishments

  • 5 trees planted (3 Green giant arborvitae, 1 sweetgum, 1 eastern white pine)
  • 1 shrubs planted (Winterberry)
  • 14 perennials planted (Guacamole hostas, variegated hostas, mouse-ear hostas)
  • 7.5 yards mulch spread
  • 11 events
  • 36 volunteers
  • 291 volunteer hours