Wylie Street Garden Must Vacate

The Lot's Owner is Selling the Space

Gardeners at the Wylie Street Garden painted signs to go along with their community growing space. (Photo: Paige Byrne)

The Wylie Street Garden at the corner of 13th and Wylie Streets NE has shut down and gardeners must vacate the property as of mid-March.

The urban gardening community space first planted seeds in 2002, but can no longer work on the corner lot since owner Kenneth Brewer, executive director of H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC), has plans to sell the lot in the near future, according to a notice at the Wylie Street garden.

Gardeners previously got a reprieve from Brewer in 2016 (read the Hill Rag story here). But hopes that a donor or buyer would help preserve and grow the space as a community garden didn’t pan out.

Wylie gardener and Ward 6 resident Paige Byrne said the gardeners don’t have plans to move to a new space. Individual plot keepers will need to dismantle their plot and keep or donate plants.

“Wylie Garden could have mitigated one inch of rainwater to protect our Anacostia and Potomac rivers,” Byrne said. “I pray someone will purchase this land and design a green space for the community of H Street now and for the future.”

The garden started with the former Fishing School, which was an afterschool program on the street, Byrne said. It started with nine plots and ended up with 16 and 30 neighbors on a waitlist for more.