The garden is located at the corner of Climax Street and Estella Avenue in Beltzhoover. Thomas turned an area of overgrown weeds into a place of peace and unity in the community.
“It brought me joy that I found that myself that I like,” Thomas said. “Not only that, [it’s] one of two recreational centers about a block away from us, and the children to and from the center came and started nurturing the garden themselves, too. I looked around and said ‘wow, is this a positive effect that here’s a change that’s going on?'”
Thomas also says that since starting the garden in 2011 she’s noticed a reduction of crime on the block.