This garden was intentionally planted near both a park and a school for greater visibility and to encourage more community involvement. The garden initially attracted a lot of attention: Alice Waters, famed chef and founder of the Edible Schoolyard program, was on hand for the garden dedication, and former President Bill Clinton helped pull weeds on a visit to Portland.
In August 2007 AVEENO® and Organic Gardening installed a Thai Jar rainwater-harvesting cistern, the first of its kind in the northwest United States. In addition to the cistern, the project included a new covered arbor that serves as a gathering and teaching space, flower boxes around the tool shed, roses for the perennial beds, and a new picnic table.
From 2008 to 2012, the garden was home to PP&R's only children's garden program, which was launched in collaboration with the Friends of Portland Community Gardens, the Portland Trail Blazers, and Fred Meyer.