In 2007, the garden was beautifully restored with generous support from Target. Nationally acclaimed garden designer and horticulturist Sean Conway partnered with New York Restoration Project (NYRP), local community groups – including the Bedford Garden Group and Block Association – and neighborhood residents to create the garden's stylish and innovative design.
As a result of these combined efforts, the Target Community Garden – Brooklyn bursts with flowering bulbs and fruit trees each spring and features vegetable and ornamental planting beds. The garden’s most prominent feature – a paved patio with comfortable seating, protective awning and steel arbor, all located at the back of the garden – is designed to function both as a gathering and performance space and is reached by bleacher-style steps constructed from stucco. Other garden highlights include crushed-gravel paths and a rainwater collection system with a wooden water tower. In addition, a recycled brownstone slab on-site has been used to create a bench inspired by the neighborhood’s historic architecture. In the front, four gates and two flowering pagoda trees provide a beautiful and open welcome to neighborhood residents and intrigued visitors.
The Target Community Garden in Brooklyn is another important and progressive step forward for this rapidly revitalizing section of Bedford-Stuyvesant. This versatile space provides areas where neighbors can relax, have barbeques and hold community events, as well as a lawn where children can play. With eight public schools in close proximity, the garden is also ideal for environmental education and community programs.