Garden Plot Rental
Grow your own food while sharing knowledge with other gardeners
Five Rivers MetroParks has facilitated community gardening since 1986, helping thousands of residents without land of their own grow fresh, traditional produce and nutritionally rich foods. You can be part of this growing movement! There are three easy ways to become a community gardener.
1. Rent a plot in a MetroPark.
- Standard plots are 800 square feet each and cost $20 per plot annually.
- There is no limit on the number that can be reserved.
- Standard plots are accessible to gardeners from late April through November 1 (weather permitting).
- Wegerzyn Gardens has organic plots that are available year-round. Gardeners in the organic plots must abide by organic gardening principals and use only products that are on the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) product list. Year-round organic plots are either 28 feet by 28 feet or 18.7 feet by 43 feet and can be gardened from April to April. Gardeners may grow perennials as well as annuals in these plots. The cost is $40 per year per plot.
- Gardeners are responsible for watering, weeding, pest control and harvesting of their plot.
With the rental of a plot, gardeners will receive an initial tilling of the soil, water and access to seeds. Both community gardens are patrolled by the Five Rivers MetroParks rangers. Rental fees help defray the costs of tilling, staking, providing water and administration. No refunds are given.
2. Connect with an existing community garden.
More than 90 community gardens are managed, maintained and owned by local neighborhood residents and organizations throughout the Dayton region. Five Rivers MetroParks provides many forms of ongoing support to these groups, including soil amendments and tilling, training and consulting, seeds and plants, educational materials and workshops and lots of encouragement. See below for a map of existing community gardens:
3. Start your own community garden.
Five Rivers MetroParks is always looking for people who are passionate about starting a garden. If you would like to get involved in your neighborhood, call (937) 275-7275. Learn more about our community gardening resources by visiting the community gardening section of this website.