Close up of leaf decay and composition in the outdoor Jefferson Market Garden in New York City.
Decomposition and decay are the yin to the yang of growth, and together they form two halves of the whole that is the closed-loop cycle of natural ecosystems.
Everything dies, and without the processes of decomposition and decay the world would quickly become not only overflowing with the remains of dead plants and animals, but also would experience a decline in new growth.
The Jefferson Market Garden is situated on a triangular city block, this 0.4-acre garden has been under the care of community volunteers since its inception in 1974.
From 1931 to 1973 the Women’s House of Detention sat adjacent to the courthouse, on the site of the current garden. Upon the demolition of the prison, the site was transferred to the New York City
Tucked away in the shadow of the Jefferson Market Library, from April to October this beautiful, well-kept garden oasis is open to the public.