The twelve-year old African Heritage Garden is located on a parcel combined of four city lots at the corner of South Central Park Avenue and 12th Place in North Lawndale. The spacious community garden has a large flower bed in the center, formed into the shape of the African continent with landscaping bricks. The bright yellow and orange flowers are reminiscent of the bold colors in traditional African clothing, as can be seen in the photo above. Large planters on the site are also painted with African motifs and bold colors, and benches offer visitors a place to rest and enjoy the scenery.
The garden has flower beds, trees, and shrubbery along three edges of the space, and raised vegetable plots along the fourth wall. The African Heritage Garden features a wooden trellis for climbing vines and plants. A variety of vegetables are grown in this garden, including sweet peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, and collard greens.
The plants in this garden were started during cold weather in the Garfield Park Conservatory. The Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden has offered the North Lawndale Greening Committee space to seed their plants and grow them during the winter months.
The African Heritage Garden was developed under the guidance of the North Lawndale Small Grants Human Development Corporation, with the combined block club (12th Place and Central Park), many North Lawndale Greening Committee members and volunteers participating in its upkeep.