Community Gardens is an urban agriculture program available at multiple DPR locations within the district. These lots, that are maintained thanks to a dual effort by DPR staff and D.C. citizens, are key in the fight against food & fesh produce deserts. They also serve as a great outdoor space for productive recreation for anyone with a green thumb.
All of DPR community gardens are managed by a garden group of volunteers . To get a garden plot look for the nearest garden on the links below. The contact info of each garden should be listed. Send the garden an email asking to be put on a waiting list for a garden plot.
PLEASE DO NOT PLANT OR HARVEST IN A GARDEN PLOT WITHOUT PERMISSION
Use the interactive map below to find a community garden in your area that you can get involved in.
And if you're looking to sign up or learn more click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
DPR Community Gardens By Ward
- Bruce Monroe Garden | 3000 Georgia Avenue, NW | 214 plots
- Euclid Street Garden/Justice Park | 14th & Euclid Streets, NW | 40 plots
- Kalorama Garden | Kalorama & Columbia Roads, NW | 19 plots
Kalorama has a lottery instead of a waiting list. To be included in next year's lottery, please send us an email AFTER Sept 30th with "Garden 2018" in the subject line. Due to overwhelming interest, the garden won't be able to respond to plot requests before that time.
- LeDroit Park Community Garden | 3rd & V Streets, NW | 56 plots
- West End Garden | 25th & N Streets, NW | 20 plots
- Friendship Garden | 45th & Van Ness Streets, NW | 50 plots
- Newark Street Garden | 39th & Newark Streets, NW | 220 plots
- Palisades Garden | 5200 Sherrier Place, NW | 20 plots
- Emery Garden | 9th Street & Missouri Avenue, NW | 40 plots
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- Fort Stevens Garden | 1327 Van Buren Street, NW | 9 plots
- Hamilton Garden | 1340 Hamilton Street, NW | 8 plots
- Takoma Garden | 300 Van Buren Street, NW | 11 plots
- Twin Oaks Garden | 14th & Taylor Street, NW | 62 plots
- Upshur Garden | 14th Street & Upshur Street, NW | 40 plots
- Arboretum Youth Garden | 2412 Rand Place, NE | Individual and program plots may vary
- Edgewood Gardens | 300 Evarts Street, NE | 10 plots
- Harry Thomas Gardens | 1743 Lincoln Road, NE | 16 plots
- Taft Field Garden | 1800 Perry Street, NE | 10 plots
- Theodore Hagans Garden | 3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE | No individual plots
- Turkey Thicket Gardens | 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE | 15 plots
- Virginia Ave Garden | 9th & L Streets, SE | 80 plots
- Benning Garden | Fable Street & Southern Avenue, SE | 16 plots
- Hillcrest Garden | 3100 Denver Street, SE | 14 plots
- Lederer Garden | 4801 Nannie H. Burroughs Avenue, NE | 40 plots
- Soilful City Garden | 53rd & Dix Street, NE | No individual plots
- Marvin Gaye Community Gardens | 15 61st Street, NE | 24 plots
- Douglass Garden | 1898 Stanton Terrace, SE | 9 plots
- Ferebee Hope Community Garden | 3999 8th Street, SE | 11 plots
- Fort Greble Garden | Martin Luther King Jr. & Elmira Street, SW | 9 plots
- Fort Stanton Community Garden | 1812 Erie Street, SE | 9 plots
- Mothers Peace Garden | Mississippi Avenue & 13th Street, SE | No individual plots
Gardens Opportunities for People on Wait Lists
Sometimes it can take awhile before you get a garden plot. In the meantime check out the below options
- Join the DPR/OSSE Shared Roots program
- An OSSE/DPR partnership program that matches people with garden sites that needs gardeners (unused school gardens during summer, community gardeners that need help due to a mobility issue, or unused home gardens) with gardeners looking for a place to garden. More info at the link.
- Join a DPR community garden
- DC Parks and rec (DPR) has 35 community gardens hosting over a 1000 gardeners. Most gardens do have waiting lists managed by a volunteer garden manager. To join find the closest garden to you at this link and email the garden manager to join the waiting list for the next available plot.
- Volunteer at a DPR partner urban farm
- DC Parks and rec (DPR) has 7 partner urban farms throughout the city that are managed by non-profits in coordination with DPR and focus on either garden education and/or local food production. Most of these sites have volunteer hours and opportunities. To learn more visit this link for contact info for each partner at each site.
- Explore non DPR urban gardens/ farms at DUG Network resource website
- Outside of DPR gardens and farms there are dozens more urban Ag sites throughout the city. Explore these sites and other urban Ag resources at this link
- Join the DUG Network newsletter
- Join a monthly newsletter that highlights new garden opportunities, workshops, programs, volunteer opportunities, job openings, grants, and garden tips. See past newsletters and sign up for future newsletters at this link.
Want to Receive Monthly Updates for DPR Programs?
DPR's Urban Garden Division partners with the DUG Network to do a semi-monthly (twice a month around the 1st and 15th) newsletter that highlights all DPR programs and registration openings along with other urban Ag, food security and environmental programs, workshops, job openings, grants, tips, etc, in greater DC. To view past newsletters or to sign up for future newsletters please visit this link or email [email protected]
The DUG Network website also has a searchable database of over 500 organizations working in DC in urban Ag, food security, and environmental programs along with many other resources.
If you need assistance DPR has three Community Garden Specialists to help. Below is a breakdown of who to contact for each ward
For Gardens in ward 1-2
[email protected] (202) 262-2138
For Gardens in ward 6
[email protected] (202) 316-4210
For Gardens in Ward 7-8
[email protected] (202) 714-4331