Gardens are sold out and planting has begun! If interested in renting a plot in the future, check back in early January 2022!
Bloomington Parks & Recreation oversees 3 community gardens with a total of 178 garden plots are available to local gardeners. The application process will began in January 2021 (see timeline below). Rental pricing for 2021 is $42.00 per plot for Bloomington residents and $54 per plot for nonresidents for both ground level and raised bed.
Brookside Community Garden
Located in Central Bloomington
On the west side of Xerxes Ave. S, just north of 102nd Street
1 - centrally located water tank (hose hook-ups not available)
Off street parking available adjacent to garden site
*Raised beds are 28 inches in height. Maximum of one raised bed plot per renter. These plots are intended for use by those with mobility or other physical impairments. Additional paperwork is required for rental of a raised bed plot.
Smith Community Garden
Located in northeastern Bloomington
On the east side of Park Ave S. between 82nd & 83rd streets
2 - centrally located water tanks (hose hook-ups not available)
Off street parking available adjacent to garden site as well as the east side of Park Ave
Return Renter Application Process
RETURN RENTERS (2020 renters):
Garden plot application packets will be e-mailed to all 2020 renters on January 11. This year due to our inability to predict the reopening date of Civic Plaza, return renter applications must either be submitted online, or can be printed out and mailed in along with payment. Applications may be submitted from 9 a.m. January 11 to 4:30 p.m. February 1. Beginning on January 11, return renter applications may also be requested by calling 952-563-8877 or emailing parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov
Return renters must process their 2021 garden plot rentals onlineat https://webtrac.bloomingtonmn.gov (beginning at 9 a.m. January 11 for returning renters). Alternatively, return renters can print and fill out the application, and mail it to Parks and Recreation along with a check for payment. Mailed applications will be processed in the order received.
Return renters are only guaranteed to be able to rent the same plot(s) at the same site as they had in the preceding year. Applicants wishing to move plots/sites should indicate these requested changes during the online rental process or on their paper application. They will still be assigned their 2020 plot(s) and their request for change will be reviewed after the February 1 return renter deadline. If you would like to move plots/sites we suggest you submit your application as soon as possible beginning January 11 as these additional requests will be processed in the order received.
If you are a return renter and wish to rent more plots than you rented in 2020 you must apply for any additional plots once the general rental application period opens on February 22. There is a limit of 3 plots per household.
If you are a return renter who only wants the same plots as in 2020 you may submit your application at any point between January 11 and February 1 at 4:30 p.m.
General Renter Application Process
GENERAL RENTERS: applicants who did not rent at one of the above 3 gardens in 2020, or return renters who missed their return renter application deadline):
Online rentals (available beginning 9 a.m. on February 22)
Assistance is available to qualifying Bloomington families. For more information on Fee Assistance click here or call 952-563-8877 for details. Applicants must complete the fee assistance application process before rental application can be submitted. It may take up to one week to process your fee assistance application.
Waiting Lists - closed for the 2021 season (check back early January 2022!)
To be added to the waiting list to rent a plot for the 2021 growing season, email firstname.lastname@example.org call 952-563-8877 and let us know for which site(s) you would like to waitlisted and/or if you would like to receive an email notification should we be able to open rental of plots at our 4th garden site (86th and East Old Shakopee Road). Please provide both you phone number and email address.
2021 community garden rental timeline
Jan 11 - Feb 1, 2021
Return renter priority rental period
Feb 22, 2021
Garden plot rentals open to all
Apr 16, 2021
Last day to cancel rental
Apr 23, 2021
First day of gardening season, weather permitting
Jun 1, 2021
Deadline for plots to be planted
Oct 24, 2021
End of 2021 season (only unwanted plant material should be left in plot)