New gardeners may reserve plots at Willie Streeter and Butler Park Community Gardens beginning March 1.Plots are available for rent April 16-October 31.
Registration and Garden Plot Rental
- Returning gardeners in good standing from last season have from February 1-18 to renew the rental of the same plots gardened in 2010.
- Also during this time, returning Crestmont gardeners in good standing may rent plots in the new Butler Park Community Garden.
- From February 21-28, returning gardeners in good standing may rent plots other than those they rented in 2010.
- New gardeners may register on March 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration forms must be submitted in person at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office, located at 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250 inside City Hall. The registering gardener can select from available plots and record the plot number on the contract.
Any new gardeners who want to rent more than one plot or a plot with year-round use must contact gardening program staff before registering. For more information, contact Robin Hobson at 349-3704 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guidelines for Gardening in Organic Plots (PDF 18.42 KB)
- Guidelines for Gardening in Organic Plots Web page
Willie Streeter Community Gardens Plot Map (PDF 34.21 KB)
|76503-A||Small Organic Plot|
(approx. 100 sq. ft.)
|76503-B||Large Organic Plot|
(approx. 200 sq. ft.)
(32 sq. ft.)
|76503-D||Large Conventional Plot|
(approx. 200 sq. ft.)
Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park at the intersection of West Ninth and North Fairview Streets, the Butler Park Community Garden enables gardeners to learn and practice the techniques of organic gardening. New in 2011, the garden includes 45 garden plots. All plots in this garden are organic and are available in two sizes. This garden also enables the expansion of the Community Gardening Program's partnership with Mother Hubbard's Cupboard by providing space for Mother Hubbard's Cupboard to maintain a hoop house as well as expand their youth gardening program.
Butler Park Community Gardens Plot Map (PDF 564.52 KB)
|76504-A||Small Organic Plot|
(approx. 95 sq. ft.)
|76504-B||Large Organic Plot|
(approx. 140 sq. ft.)
Crestmont Community GardensThis season the Community Garden Program and Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Food Pantry will trial an alternative method of community gardening at the Crestmont Community Garden. Replacing the individual rental plots of past seasons, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard will coordinate a collaborative garden in which all gardeners at this site will garden the entire space together. The harvest will be shared by gardeners and Crestmont community members. Surplus harvests will be distributed through the Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Food Pantry. For more information, call 355-6843 or e-mail email@example.com.
Gardening Education OpportunitiesPeople's University, the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department's adult leisure education program, hosts a number of gardening and landscaping classes throughout the spring and summer. Check out the class list to find a class or course just for you!
Financial Aid ProgramTo ensure gardening opportunities are available to all members of the Bloomington community, the Community Garden Program offers financial assistance for those in need to help cover garden plot rental fees. For more information or to receive an application, contact Judy Seigle at 349-3710.
The Banneker Green Thumbs Garden, located at the Banneker Community Center, enables youth enrolled in the Banneker Center's after-school and summer programs to learn the art of organic gardening. Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, a local food pantry, partners with the Community Garden Program to help educate the youth of our community while producing food to be distributed to community members in need through the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign. For information on how to participate contact Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Food Pantry or call 355-6843.