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Bloomington Community Gardens

Rental process for the 2019 season began January 7th (for 2018 return renters) and February 21st for new renters.  At this time only 10 of our 178 garden plots remain available so we expect all 3 sites will be SOLD OUT SOON!

In 2019, a total of 178 garden plots will be available to local gardeners. The application process will began in January 2019 (see timeline below). Pricing for rental of plots in 2019 is $40.00 per plot for Bloomington residents and $50 per plot for non-residents for both ground level and raised bed plots.

map of locations of garden plots


      Brookside Community Garden - SOLD OUT


            Harrison Community Garden
            SOLD OUT - with the exception of 2 accessible plots 

            *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
                • PDF iconSmith Garden Plot Site Map
                • Available Smith Garden Plots April 15 2019.pdf
                • 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
                • New for 2019:  Rentals may also be processed online.
                • at (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 should indicate these requested changes during the online rental process or on their paper application. They will still be assigned their 2018 plot(s) but their request for change will be reviewed after the February 7 return renter deadline.  If you would like to move plots/sites 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 and wish to rent more plots than you rented in 2018 you must apply for any additional plots once the general rental application period opens on February 21.  There is a limit of 3 plots per household.
                • 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.
                • Online rentals will also begin at 8 a.m. on February 21.  If using the online rental process, make certain to adjust the facility search criteria to show the date 04/26/2019 and enter the garden name (Brookside, Harrison or Smith) in the keyword search box before clicking on SEARCH.  (For full online instructions, see link below.)
                • For instructions on how to process a garden plot rental online, click here.

                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.