Bed-Stuy block voted 'greenest' in competition

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A Bedford-Stuyvesant block has been declared the "greenest" in Brooklyn.

Serge Vatel, the block captain on Stuyvesant Avenue between Bainbridge and Chauncey streets, says it was community pride that grew the urban oasis.

"I'm out here almost every day gardening and all the neighbors that have retired are out here gardening all the time," he says.

The block beat out 150 others in the annual competition organized and judged by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the past 23 years.

"It was founded to help sort of build community around something really positive about beauty and about sustainability," says Brooklyn Botanic Garden President Scot Medbury.

A major selling point for the judges this year was sustainable gardening, with residents planting perennials that don't need much watering and grow back every year.

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