When this community garden at the corner of Columbia and Carroll Streets began to emerge as an oasis of green in the early 1990s, the Carroll-Columbia West block association had to decide on a fitting name. Longtime resident of the Columbia Waterfront district, Lincoln "Lucky" Engstrom suggested naming the green space “amazing” and other residents quickly agreed. "Amazing" seemed to be the only word that could describe the metamorphosis that was taking place in their neighborhood. The Garden sits on a lot that had been vacant since 1980. Before it became a garden, the lot had been used as an unofficial garbage dump and an illegal parking lot. Led by professional gardener Claire Merlino, a coalition of enthusiastic neighbors acquired the lot through Local Community Board 6 in 1994 to be a community-run green space under the aegis of Operation Greenthumb.