Audubon Place Gets Greener with New Community Garden

By | May 8, 2012

Montrose is getting a new community garden, thanks to Audobon Place resident William Winkler who bought a nearby property after a fire destroyed the residence in 2008. The lot sat vacant and the remaining structure was finally destroyed. Now Winkler has begun the necessary improvements to make the lot a sustainable garden, hoping to be ready this Fall. For just $40 per month tenants receive a 4 ft x 20 ft raised bed – including all water, fertilizer and tools. Residents have already started reserving their spots at Greenleaf Gardens (there will be 20).

Will you be reserving a spot at Greenleaf Gardens for your crops? For a listing of Community Gardens in your neighborhood, visit Urban Harvest’s Community Garden Directory.

For more on the project and Winkler’s efforts, check out Swamplot:

For almost 2 years after it caught fire in October 2008, the 2-story home at 803 Kipling St. in Audubon Place stood vacant on the property as a burnt skeleton. Now the recent purchaser of the lot that remained after the property was demolished has plans to turn the land into a community garden.


Audubon Place resident William Winkler has drawn up plans to fit twenty 4-ft.-by-20-ft. raised beds fashioned out of 2-in.-thick cedar boards on the 8,400-sq.-ft. property on the southwest corner of Stanford and Kipling, each of them a foot high. He hopes to fence the property and add a large storage shed and an attached covered pavilion. Greenleaf Gardens, he says, will “strive for self-sufficiency.”

Read the full article on SWAMPLOT here.


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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.