Lafayette GreensDetroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
- Lafayette Green grows herbs and vegetables in an engaging public space in the heart of Downtown Detroit.
- More than 800 pounds of produce grown in 35 raised beds is donated to Gleaner’s Community Food Bank and Freedom House.
- Some 200 plants -- including vegetables, herbs, flowers, heirloom fruit trees, vines, and berries -- add biodiverse habitat for pollinators like bees and butterflies back into the urban environment.
- Lafayette Green manages stormwater with an urban bioswale while drought tolerant Fescue lawns and a high-efficiency irrigation system with adjustable drip lines conserve water.
- Broken sidewalk pieces from across the city were re-used as pavers in the garden. Garden sheds were constructed from reclaimed pallet wood and salvaged doors. The planters used in the children’s garden were made from repurposed steel drums.
- Lafayette Greens also provides an example of a successful and sustainable public-private partnerships. Compuware and the City of Detroit, who owns the land, negotiated a cooperative lease agreement that benefits the public.