I didn’t realize it until recently, but this garden is one of the ones that has shaped the entire urban agriculture movement. Karl Linn, a mastermind behind the garden, was one of the preeminent advocates and architects of “neighborhood commons” in the United States.
He championed many of the design approaches to community gardens and urban open space that have gained popularity over the years: reusing materials from the city, building open space by hand with volunteers, integrating urban activities into a single space…All ideas Linn experimented with, embraced and promoted throughout his life.
Here in the gardens named after Mr. Linn, there is a lot to see (and even more history to explore). Garden features include a public water fountain, seating outside the fences, an adjacent demonstration eco-house, another huge community garden across the street, and a link with the Berkeley green belt. (Sorry I don’t have much in the way of pictures. The gates were locked and the light was waning. Maybe next time!)