Adam Purple Memorial Planned for Saturday at LaPlaza Community Garden

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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​Legendary guerrilla gardener Adam Purple died last week of a heart attack while biking across the Williamsburg Bridge. He was 84.

Locals have since organized a memorial service for Mr. Purple, planned for Saturday evening (September 26) in Alphabet City. It’ll be held at the LaPlaza Cultural Community Garden at Avenue C and East 9th Street, 4pm-8pm.

Adam Purple was best known for his decade-running Garden of Eden bounded by Stanton, Eldridge, and Forsyth Streets.

On January 8, 1986, the massive “earthwork” was bulldozed by the city to make way for federal housing. Purple had spearheaded the guerrilla undertaking eleven years earlier while a resident of 184 Forsyth Street, and it spanned five city lots. His inspiration was simple enough – watching neighborhood children play in the garbage and filth of his rubble-strewn backyard. It was a “hell of a way to raise children,” and Purple decided the land could be of greater benefit to the community as a fully-functional garden. At its peak, the zen-tastically circular Eden boasted 15,000 square-feet of virgin soil, and yielded fruit, nuts, asparagus, and corn.

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Adam Purple above his Garden of Eden, Photo: Harvey Wang

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