Howard Aikens, Beautifying a Neighborhood Garden

Aug 1, 2014

Howard Aikens
Credit Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Howard Aikens as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

A few years ago, Howard Aikens decided he had to do something about the huge, dilapidated garden surrounding Sterret School that was such an eyesore in his Point Breeze neighborhood.

Every day after work for an hour or two, he began pulling the weeds and grass, planting flowers and then herbs, slowly turning the monstrosity into vision of beauty.

“This garden was here, but it was abandoned and I just started pulling weeds,” Howard said. “I didn’t ask anyone in the beginning, and I just established a relationship with the school, and they trusted me over time because they saw that I was consistent and hardworking and responsible.”