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Community Gardens Exceed Expectations in Detroit

Benches and tables, spots to relax and bulletin boards are all part of Detroit community gardens, but the most notable characteristic of these city spaces is the incorporation of local art. This story explores the use of volunteers in garden efforts and the incorporation of artwork into these spaces — adding beauty through hand-painted signs, murals, sculptures and shrines. Three Detroit gardens are highlighted: Detroit Mural Factory Gardens, The Firehouse Gardens, and the Oakland Avenue Community Garden.

Turning vacant lots into parks and gardens helps local businesses as well as entire neighborhoods. Community gardens provide food as well as space for social meet-ups. These Detroit parks are drawing local residents as well as visitors from other areas because of the outdoor art galleries.