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Bloomington Community Gardens

In 2018, 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 2018 will be $39.05 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 iconBrookside 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 iconHarrison Garden Plot Site Map
            • 39 - 10' x 15' ground level plots
            • 5 - 4' x 15' raised bed (28") plots*
            • Maximum of 2 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 iconSmith 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 (2017 renters): Garden plot application packets will be e-mailed to all 2017 renters at 8 a.m. on January 16. Return renter applications will also be available at the Parks and Recreation office beginning 8 a.m. on January 16. Applications may be submitted January 16 – February 16. Starting January 17, return renter applications may be requested by calling 952-563-8877 or emailing parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov
                • 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 2018 should indicate these requested changes on his/her 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 16 as these additional requests will be processed in the order received beginning February 17.
                • If you are a return renter who only wants the same plots as in 2017 you may submit your application at any point between January 16 and February 16.
                • GENERAL RENTERS (applicants who did not rent at one of the above 3 gardens in 2017, or return renters who missed their return renter application deadline): Applications will be available online here and at the Parks and Recreation office beginning 8 a.m. on March 1. Bloomington residents may apply beginning March 1, non-residents may apply beginning March 16. 

                2018 garden plot rental timeline

                (for detailed timeline PDF iconclick here )

                January 16 - February 16 Return renter priority application period
                March 1 - 15 General renter application period for residents
                March 16 - until sold out General renter application period for resident and non-residents
                April 20 Deadline to cancel rental
                April 27 1st day of gardening season weather permitting
                June 1 Deadline for plots to be planted
                October 21 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.

                For additional garden resource information click here.

                For additional community garden locations and contact information click here.