Gardening Together as a Community: A Community Garden Guide

Want to garden but don’t have space? We have some great community gardens in our area you should try!

Chelsea Community Garden
Image courtesy of Chelsea Community Gardens.

Looking for a way to get those green thumbs digging in the dirt? Washtenaw County offers plenty of community gardens for local residents to try their hand at gardening. Garden plot rentals are the perfect solution for families that may not have the green space readily available. Plot reservations are filling up quickly, but many offer waiting lists for spots that may become available in the future. Reserve your spot today!

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Discovery Garden

Fee: $50 for one plot, $80 for two.

Plots: This garden was created for children, youth, and adults with disabilities to give them a completely accessible gardening experience. There are sixteen raised beds in total, twelve of which are fully handicap accessible.  Plots are 24-34 square feet. Concrete paths, completely wheelchair accessible to the tool shed.

3941 Research Park Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-971-0277. annarborcil.org

Contact: Beth Wichterman at bmwichterman@gmail.com

Chelsea Community Garden

Fee: Each plot is $20, with a $20 annual rental fee.

Plots: This all-organic garden offers forty 20 by 20 plots. Members are required to work eight hours of community service at the gardens each year. The garden has a water tower and a large suite of compost bins. Two tool sheds house a variety of hand and power tools. Members also share in a bounty of crops, such as blueberry, rhubarb, and asparagus.

Sibley Rd., Chelsea. 734-719-0035. facebook.com/chelsea.community.garden.

Contact: 734-719-0035, email: info@chelseamigardens.org

Children’s Services Community Garden

Fee: Covered by local sponsors

Plots: This garden pairs with Washtenaw County Master Gardeners and offers two courtyards with 7-8 beds each. Students do the planting, tending, and harvesting with help from the garden experts.

4125 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. 

Contact: www.washtenaw.org/187/Childrens-Services-Community-Garden

City of Dexter Community Garden

Dexter community garden
Image courtesy of Dexter Community Garden

Fee: Full plots are $80 with a $20 refundable deposit, and half plots are $50 with a $20 refundable deposit.

Plots: Full plots measure 20 by 20, and half plots of 10 by 20 are also available. Herbicides, insecticides, and inorganic fertilizers are prohibited. Clean-up is required at the end of the season.

7651 Dan Hoey Rd., Dexter. 734-426-8303. dextermi.gov/community/community_garden.php

Contact: 734-426-8303, email Olga Austin at Austin.olga@gmail.com

EMU Giving Garden

Fee: 4 by 4 plots $5, 6 by 6 plots $10

Plots: Available to EMU students, faculty, and Ypsilanti residents.

24 Westview St., Ypsilanti. facebook.com/thegivinggardenemu

Contact: thegivinggarden.emu@gmail.com

The Farm at St. Joe’s

farm saint joe's
Image courtesy of The Farm at St. Joe’s.

Fee: 10 by 9 and 10 by 10 plots for $15, 10 by 12 plots for $20, 10 by 15 plots for $25. $20 refundable deposit required.

Plots: Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fees cover the use of plot, compost, water, pathway, and fence maintenance.

5301 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti. 734-712-4667. stjoesfarm.org

Contact: Rozelle Copeland at Rozelle.Copeland@stjoeshealth.org

Growing Hope Urban Farm

Fee: Funded through outside sources

Plots: This 1.4-acre community space teaches youth and adults how to grow fresh food with workshops, events, field trips, and volunteer training.

922 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-786-8401. growinghope.net

Contact: 734-786-8401 or growinghope.net

Pittsfield Township Community Garden

Fee: 10 by 4 raised beds for $30, 6 by 4 double raised beds on ADA accessible surface for $25, 4 by 4 table height beds on ADA accessible surface for $20.

Plots: The organic garden features compost bins, equipment shed, water access, rain barrels, and a picnic area. There is also a native pollinator garden.

6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-822-3135. pittsfield-mi.gov/1635/Community-Garden.

Contact: 734-822-3135 or email gardening@pittsfield-mi.gov 

Project Grow

Fee: Varies by Location

This local organization promotes organic gardening and helps connect gardeners with open plots in the community. It also offers classes and events, along with volunteer opportunities. Project Grow has a few community gardens around Washtenaw County, so be sure to check out their website to pick which garden is right for you.

Various locations. 734-996-3169. projectgrowgardens.org

Contact: 734-996-3169 or apply through their website.

Saline Community Garden

Plots: Come enjoy either a 4 by 6.5 raised bed plot, 4 by 10 plot, and 10 by 10 plot to grow with! This also comes along with a water spigot and compost bin. Unfortunately, the Saline Community Garden is sold out of plots for the 2021 season. But they’ll have more plots available next season.

Woodland Drive, Saline. 734-401-4020. salineschools.org/saline-community-garden

Contact: salinecommunityeducation@gmail.com

Ypsilanti District Library

Plots: Whittaker Garden encourages youth and families to plant seeds, harvest plants, and learn about the science of gardening. Michigan Branch features a pollinator garden and two raised beds for community members to plant and harvest produce. Superior Branch welcomes all levels of volunteer gardeners, and fresh produce is given away to library patrons throughout the growing season.

Whittaker Branch: 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Michigan Branch: 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Superior Branch: 8795 MacArthur Blvd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Ypsilibrary.org

Contact: ypsilibrary.org

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