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Bloomington Community Gardens

All 3 garden sites will close on October 18th! 
2019 renters: please make certain only unwanted plant material remains in your plot after October 18th.

In 2019, a total of 178 garden plots are 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.  As all garden plots have been rented for the 2019 season!    

map of locations of garden plots

Brookside

Brookside Community Garden - SOLD OUT

  • Located in Central Bloomington
  • On the west side of Xerxes Ave. S, just north of 102nd Street
  • Brookside Garden Plot Site Map.pdf
  • 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 - SOLD OUT

  • 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 - SOLD OUT

If you would like to be put on the waiting list complete an application (below) and indicate WAITING LIST in the plot preference section

  • 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 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 are no longer available as the season has already begun.  Please submit a paper application (above) if interested in renting for the 2019 season.  

2019-2020 garden plot rental timeline

Date Significance
October 20, 2019 End of 2019 season (only unwanted plant material should be left in plot)
Jan 6 - Feb 6, 2020 Return renter priority rental period
Feb 20, 2020 Garden plot rentals open to all
Apr 17, 2020 Last day to cancel rental
Apr 24, 2020 First day of gardening season, weather permitting
Jun 1, 2020 Deadline for plots to be planted
Oct 18, 2020 End of 2020 season (only unwanted plant material should be left in plot)

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.