Beauty’s Community Garden

Memorial Hermann Greater Heights has partnered with Yvette Leno to support a community garden in Independence Heights. Beauty’s Community Garden is named after Yvette’s Grandmother, Beauty Leno,  who started the garden in December of 2012. This community garden is a fertile ground for not only the fruits and vegetables that are grown there, but also for the community that it supports.


The ToolBank tools were borrowed by The Missions Continues Mallory Valle for a project with the Houston 2nd Platoon. Some of the tools included shovels, gloves, weed eaters, and iron rakes. All together 19 volunteers from CarMax, The Mission Continues, and The Americorps VISTA program were present. 


The project was a 4 hour endeavor to tend to the garden. We repainted the shipping container that held the tools for the garden, pulled the weeds and laid down much needed mulch to make pathways for the volunteer gardeners.

Yvette provides produce to seniors at 2 community senior citizen apartment complexes along with free gardening classes to the public. She has plans to host free cooking demos in the future as well.


One of the seniors at Independent Heights Elder Care Apartments, who receives donations from Yvettes said:

“I can taste the garden’s freshness, compared to what has been trucked in at the stores.”

This garden is a lively place and anyone who is interested in volunteering for social media, tending to the upkeep of the garden, or participating in her class is welcome to contact her at\(832) 910-8261, or check out their Facebook at


You can also volunteer with Houston 2nd Platoon here:

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