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Bloomington Community Gardens

All three garden sites have CLOSED for the 2018 season!  

In 2019, a total of 178 garden plots will be available to local gardeners. The application process will begin in January 2018 (see timeline below). Pricing for rental of plots in 2019 is expected to be $40.00 per plot for both ground level and raised bed plots.

map of locations of garden plots

Brookside

Brookside Community Garden

  • Located in Central Bloomington
  • On the west side of Xerxes Ave. S, just north of 102nd Street
  • PDF icon Brookside Garden Plot Site Map
  • 80 - 10' x 15' ground level plots
  • Maximum of 3 plots per renter
  • 3 - centrally located water spigots (hose hook-ups not available)
  • Off street parking available adjacent to garden site

Harrison

Harrison Community Garden

  • Located in Central Bloomington
  • South of 100th St. & west of James Ave. S. (1701 W 100th St)
  • PDF icon Harrison Garden Plot Site Map
  • 39 - 10' x 15' ground level plots
  • 5 - 4' x 15' raised bed (28") plots*
  • Maximum of 3 plots per renter*
  • 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

Smith Community Garden

  • Located in northeastern Bloomington
  • On the east side of Park Ave S. between 82nd & 83rd streets
  • PDF icon Smith Garden Plot Site Map
  • 54 - 10' x 15' ground level plots
  • Maximum of 3 plots per renter
  • 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.

Fee assistance

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.

Applications and application process

  • RETURN RENTERS (2018 renters): Garden plot application packets will be e-mailed to all 2018 renters at 8 a.m. on January 7. Return renter applications will also be available at the Parks and Recreation office beginning 8 a.m. on January 7. Applications may be submitted 8:00 a.m. January 7 – 4:30 p.m. February 7. Starting January 8, return renter applications may be requested by calling 952-563-8877 or emailing parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov
  • New for 2019:  Rentals may also be processed online at https://webtrac.bloomingtonmn.gov (beginning at 8:00 a.m. January 7 for returning renters).
  • 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 or rent additional plots in 2019 should indicate these requested changes during the online rental process or on their paper application. If you would like to move plots/sites or rent additional plots we suggest you submit your application as soon as possible beginning January 7 as these additional requests will be processed in the order received beginning February 8.
  • If you are a return renter who only wants the same plots as in 2018 you may submit your application at any point between January 7 and February 7 at 4:30 p.m.
  • GENERAL RENTERS (applicants who did not rent at one of the above 3 gardens in 2018, or return renters who missed their return renter application deadline): Applications will be available here and at the Parks and Recreation office beginning 8 a.m. on February 21. 

2019 garden plot rental timeline

Date Significance
Jan 7 - Feb 7 Return renter priority application period
Feb 21 General renter application period for residents and nonresidents
Apr 19 Deadline to cancel rental
Apr 26 First day of gardening season, weather permitting
Jun 1 Deadline for plots to be planted
Oct 20 End of season (only unwanted plant material should be left in plots at day's end)

To encourage the success of your garden please feel free to reviews the words of experience from our past gardeners at Bloomington's Community Garden sites.