Swale Floating Garden

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Edible Floating Garden Set Up At Brooklyn Army Terminal

May 27, 2018 - 12:51 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Bring some seeds and your sea legs to the Brooklyn Army Terminal this summer, for a free, edible, and floating fruit, vegetable and herb garden.

Swale is located along along Pier 4 at the terminal, WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp reported.

Dana Monroe of Coney Island was digging in on Saturday.

“This is called mullein leaf, and you can tell by the texture – it’s furry,” she said. “This is good for colds.”

Artist Mary Mattingly created Swale in 2016.

“This space is designed to be kind of like a public, edible park,” she said.

Volunteer Lindsey Grothkopp said Swale has found different ports of call around the city to raise awareness of problems like hunger.

“We’re not here to provide, you know, X number of produce to eradicate the issue,” Grothkopp said. “It’s more just an idea of how you could use public space differently.”

There are more than 400 plant species at Swale, with pathways and even a small hillside.

John Boddie of Astoria, Queens brought his 2-year-old son after seeing the garden from the ferry.

“It would be great to see several more barges like this,” Boddie said.

Swale is open weekend afternoons when it is not raining until July 1.