Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2022, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (2): 299-311.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2022.02.012

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An Experience Inspired by the Evolution of Community Gardens in New York City

ZHENG Jie(), LYU Yating()   

  1. School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
  • Received:2020-12-29 Accepted:2021-11-05 Online:2022-03-30 Published:2022-03-09
  • Contact: LYU Yating
  • About author:ZHENG Jie, E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(51708395);National Natural Science Foundation of China(51978443);National Natural Science Foundation of China(52078322);The Tianjin Postgraduate Innovation Research Projects(2019YJSB175)


In many highly dense urban environments, the urgent needs of residents for increasing green space, improving the quality of the community environment and reconstructing the relationships among residents have given birth to the new space type of community gardens. However, China still lacks this relevant experience. In contrast, New York City’s community gardens had a relatively early start, and they now have rich experience in space construction, operation and maintenance. Given their level of experience, they can be used as references for the development of community gardens in China. This paper adopts a bibliometric research method, identifies 201 periodical literature sources published between 2000 and 2020 from the core library of the Web of Science as the object of study, and finally assesses the research hotspot for transferring from macro-research to space-type construction method, social impact, and so on, through CiteSpace software analysis. By virtue of the research process analysis and the results of field surveys and interviews, this paper probes the development status of space construction and social organization construction of the community gardens in New York City, and summarizes that area’s effective experience of development. Based on the current development situation of China’s community gardens, it is proposed that the development of community gardens should be directed by ensuring the land for development, giving full play to social benefits, and mobilizing social organizations, so as to effectively realize urban space construction and social governance.

Key words: CiteSpace, community garden, public space, social benefits, urban agriculture