February 13, 2013 |
Holding signs reading "No Garden? No Fresh Food," "Where Will We Go?", and several that read, "Save the Camden Children's Garden," more than 100 people rallied Tuesday to muster support in the waterfront garden's fight against a March 31 eviction notice from the state. The protesters had planned to march from the garden to City Hall, but were spared that trip. Mayor Dana L. Redd and several City Council members went to the rally to add support. The garden, Redd and others said, must stay where it is. "We have our challenges," Redd said, listing education, public safety, and others.
February 22, 2013
By Mike Weilbacher The Camden Children's Garden, the jewel on the waterfront tucked between the Adventure Aquarium and Wiggins Park, has been told by its landlord, the state of New Jersey, to remove its exhibits from three of its four acres by March 31. While not quite an eviction notice, the garden would be forced to destroy its signature attractions. Goodbye butterfly house, dinosaur garden, giant teacups, train ride, and more. But the garden's not going down without a fight, and founder Mike Devlin and friends are busy testifying, lining up their political ducks, organizing a Facebook page, and threatening lawsuits.
February 2, 2013 |
There isn't much of Camden on the Camden waterfront, but what little there is can reliably be found at the Camden Children's Garden. Amid the lineup of high-priced venues that now front the Delaware, the horticulture-themed playground stands out as a lone homegrown attraction. Camden residents built it. Camden residents use it. Camden teenagers learn work skills there. Designed by the noted architect Steve Izenour, the city landmark celebrates South Jersey in all its wondrous variety: The billboard-style, corrugated-steel entrance gate is a whimsical love note to the region's truck gardens, seaside kitsch, and roadside signs.
February 24, 2008 |
It was springtime in Camden yesterday, in an Alice-in-Wonderland sort of way. Azaleas and rhododendrons had sprouted on Riverside Drive, where four girls were planting ivy on a large dog and where a stack of musical notes sat by a half-bridge to nowhere. Outside the greenhouses at the Camden Children's Garden, a truck already contained a brightly colored gazebo and the other half of the bridge. Tomorrow it will head for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the Philadelphia Flower Show opens next weekend.
November 11, 2002
I appreciated the Nov. 3 article "We're going it alone," which served as a wake-up call to the commuting public in presenting the difficulty involved with persuading people to give up their cars, if only for a day. I also wanted to point out that in New Jersey the terms carpooling and ride-sharing are not interchangeable. While census data do indicate a reduction in carpooling, they also indicate dramatic increases in use of mass transit, van-pooling and telecommuting; and an increase in biking and walking.
November 14, 2002
Aquarium plan has its thorns As a board member of the Camden Children's Garden and an avid supporter of Gov. McGreevey, I am angered at the hypocrisy of the Oct. 31 editorial, "Parting the waters," which seems to support the proposed private acquisition of the state aquarium by Steiner & Associates of Columbus, Ohio. The Steiner plan has been in existence for 42 months. During that time, the garden has been a partner with the aquarium, yet Steiner has agreed to only one 20-minute meeting with the garden's leadership.
October 1, 2003 |
The cheerful, shared entrance to the New Jersey State Aquarium and the Camden Children's Garden belies the stormy partnership within. Since shortly after the garden opened in 1999, the two waterfront tourist attractions have been at fierce odds over how to split ticket revenue. The garden even sued the aquarium last year, claiming that it had been shortchanged, an allegation that the aquarium denies. Now, as a private operator prepares to take over and expand the aquarium, the feud is coming to a head.
March 7, 1997 |
Little 5-year-old Taylor Sticklin was feeling smaller than usual. She'd walked into a garden straight out of a fairy tale. A beanstalk towered above her on the left, ficus trees dwarfed her on the right, and tall hollyhocks, astilbes and nicotianas surrounded her on both sides. Taylor let her imagination run wild "In the Giant's Garden" at the Philadelphia Flower Show. She giggled, played in water spouting from the 55-gallon can, and stared in amazement at a mammoth trowel and the gigantic insects and plants that made up the Camden City Garden Club's exhibit.
March 18, 2005 |
It has long been an unhappy marriage. Now it could be heading for divorce. Two Camden waterfront neighbors, the newly privatized Adventure Aquarium and the Camden Children's Garden, have been trying to work out an agreement to combine ticket sales and share marketing and maintenance. But in a March 10 letter, the aquarium said it was ending talks and would "take various measures to physically separate our now distinct operations. " This means that when the aquarium reopens in May, visitors may no longer have access to the garden without buying a separate ticket from another booth.
January 31, 2003 |
City Councilman Ali Sloan El yesterday submitted the terms under which he would withdraw a lawsuit that is holding up bond funding for the state's $175 million Camden recovery act. Sloan El said his terms were a compromise that would allow him to withdraw his Superior Court suit, which contends that the act is unconstitutional because it applies only to Camden and strips city residents of their right to vote. The proposal, which he submitted to state officials without guarantee of approval, includes: Providing 1,000 summer jobs for Camden youths.