Listed below are community or group gardens throughout Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County. Growing Hope doesn't manage these gardens, though we do provide some gardening support to those gardens that have sign-up to be Group Growing Garden Members. Many of these gardens have gone through Growing Hope's Garden Leadership Training which happens annually. Please contact the garden steward directly if you are intersted in obtaining a plot!
Many of these groups offer plots for community members to garden and are a great opportunity to get to know neighbors, learn more about gardening and have access to space for growing that people might not have otherwise. Each garden is set up different and they are not all plot-rental or communal gardens. Please email the garden steward listed under each community garden for more information.
Frog Island Community Garden Community (Rental) Garden
This garden is a work of art, having been built by community residents in 2007 using many creative and reclaimed materials. Plots are available for community members to rent. The garden steward is Michelle Shankwiler, firstname.lastname@example.org (734) 340-7051.You can also reach the garden on their Facebook Group Page Please use these links to gain more information on Frong Island Community Garden
Midtown Community Garden Community (Rental) Garden
Located on the corner of Congress St. and Normal St. in Ypsilanti, Midtown is a neighborhood garden that uses a plot-rental style. The rentable plots have a sliding scale payment. The garden steward is Tanya Andrews, contact her at email@example.com (734)834-2992.
New West Willow Neighborhood Association Community (Residential) Garden
West Willow Community Garden “Grow in Hope” is located at 2057 Tyler Rd. in the West Willow subdivision. It covers about ½ of the lot at the Community Resource Center (CRC). It is located in the middle of the subdivision making it equally accessible to all residents, with a bus stop nearby. There is a shed and picnic area that will become a place for residents to gather for fellowship. Residents will see a new and beautiful sign appear at the garden this year! To get involved contact JoAnn McCollum firstname.lastname@example.org (734)845-7362, the NWWNA at www.nwwna.org or just come on out and join the planting in mid April and stay involved into the fall.
Normal Park Community Garden Community (Rental) Garden
Located at 105 N. Mansfield St. in Ypsilanti. This partner garden is a neighborhood garden that uses a plot-rental style and is located behind Ypsilanti Middle School (corner of Mansfield and Congress).The garden steward is Jessica Faul (734)483-4690 or email@example.com. The garden application and guidelines are available at the Normal Park website.
Recreation Park Community Garden Community (Rental) Garden
Recreation Park Community Garden is a rental garden providing growing space for neighbors in the west side neighborhoods of Ypsilanti. They also devote one plot to the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program, growing & delivering fresh vegetables to Food Gatherers to supply local food pantries and meal programs. Located at 1015 N. Congress, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. The garden stewards are Jamie Berlin at firstname.lastname@example.org 207-381-6055 or email@example.com
Perry / Parkridge Community Garden Community (Rental) & Educational Garden
Perry/Parkridge Community Garden is a plot-rental garden and has space for neighborhood residents as well as classes from Perry Child Development Center to adopt or rent plots. In addition to neighborhood plots, through a partnership with Parkridge Community Center (just up the hill from the garden on the other side of Parkridge Park), youth there have the opportunity to grow and harvest while they help grow healthy food in our neighborhood. Located at 550 Perry St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Contact Anthony Williamson (Community Development Manager) (734)483-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chidester Place Community Garden Community (Residential) & Healing Garden
Residents at Chidester Place, on the south side of Ypsilanti near the UAW & Visteon plant, have been gardening in the ground and raised beds (including wheelchair accessible beds) for five years. The garden has both shared area and individual plots. Plots intended for residents of Chidester Place, located at 330 Chidester Place, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Contact Barbara Heyl at (734)483-1664 or Debra Lee (734)340-3917
Dawn Farms Healing & Community (Residential) Garden
The half acre garden found on Dawn Farms serves as a healing and nutrition garden for facility residents ready for addiction recovery. The grown items are primarily vegetables, but fruits are also present. They also run an elaborate compost system consisting of a worm farm. Contact Dawn Farm located at 6633 Stoney Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Contact Grace Yooder (734)787-4777 for more information
The Giving Garden at Eastern Michigan University Community (Use) Garden
The Giving Garden empowers individuals and communities to grow through gardening. The sustainable campus-community garden provides a place in which people can access fresh food, education, community support, and inspiration to make positive contributions in linking EMU and Ypsi communities and food systems. Visit the Giving Garden Facebook Page.
Home of New Vision Community & Educational Garden
Home of New Vision maintains a “Plots of Love” 4x4 raised beds at the Growing Hope Center, 922 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. The Plots of Love program provides fun, safe, sober summer activities for their clients, staff and volunteers, and half of the produce grown from the program goes to donation. Main offices are at 3115 Professional Drive, Ann Arbor 48104. The 2015 steward is Chris O’Droski. To learn more about the Home of New Vision’s Plots of love, contact Chris at 734-686-4974 or email@example.com
Jefferson Street Farm Community (Use) Garden
The Jefferson Street Farm is a community adventure in cooperative land acquisition and farming. This neighborhood garden is located at 473 W. Jefferson in Ypsilanti. Started in 2012, this operation grows organically to give to neighbors and friends on a 60’ x 105’ plot of land. The Jefferson Street Farm steward is Natalie Holbrook. Contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakeshore Apartment Complex Community (Residential) Garden
The Lake Shore Apartments located on Ford Lake formed a community garden with the assistance of Growing Hope in 2010; the community, just like the gardens, continues to grow because of the people. Located at 2500 Lakeshore Blvd., Ypsilanti Township. Contact the main offices for more information: (734)482-2800
The Farm at St. Joe’s, Hospital Garden Healing Garden
The garden started as a way to promote health and wellness from the root not just medications.The items grown are sold in the hospital and food services use it in the cafeteria. The gardens hold value for both patient education and rehabilitation. Wheelchair accessible hoop house located off site. The garden works in conjunction with Eisenhower House. Located at 5301 Mc Auley Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Contact Farmer Dan (734)712-4667 or John (Eisenhower House Pres.) (734)677-0070
Ypsilanti High School Community & Learning Garden
Started in 2012 by a teacher who has since left, this garden is still growing and looking for a new steward. Located at 2095 Packard Rd., Ypsilanti. Contact the school's front desk (734)714-1000 for more information.
Ypsilanti New Tech High School Community & Learning Garden
Ypsilanti New Tech’s juniors have decided to take action for the community and build a garden for the school. This garden is a project assembled to help the environment by growing food locally. With this garden junior at Ypsilanti New Tech can grow and provide food that can be eaten at lunch. The garden is located in the back of the school near the parking lot. New Tech’s design team decided to place a flower in the middle of each surround bed, accompanying it with wood chips being placed near the walkway. Juniors at New Tech plan to complete the walkway by the end of the 2015 school year. However, each junior class will continue to maintain this garden for years to come.
Contact Jessica Krueger email@example.com
Non-Ypsilanti Area Gardens
Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church Faith and Food Gardening
The Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church is establishing a Faith and Food garden to actively involve the congregation in a hands-on approach to do God's work feeding the hungry in Washtenaw County. The garden, designed and constructed by congregational members, is comprised of raised beds surrounded by fencing to keep out our veggie predators. Photos continue to be placed on the church website. Garden location is 1717 Broadway Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Contact at www.aacrc.org or their office at (734)665-0105.
Avalon Housing - Edible Avalon Gardens Community (Use) and Healing Garden
A collection of 20+ properties with 16+ housing gardens. Focus is to assist the homeless, directed more toward those affected by physical or mental impairment/disability, utilizing garnering and community growth as important components to health. Affiliated with Growing Hope. Garden location is 1327 Jones, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Genesis Faith and Food Garden, Faith and Food Garden
A community garden tended by the members of St. Clare's Episcopal Church and Beth Emeth Temple, food is supplied to Back Door Food Pantry, and distributed by Food Gatherers. Donations welcome. Location is behind the church, at 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Contact at Bob Milstein, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellie Davidson, email@example.com co-chair of Back Door Food Pantry.
Bryant Community Center Food Programs: Hikone Community & Educational Garden
This is a low housing complex program in Ann Arbor. Working through the Community Action Network, Bryant has 3 small beds and a green house, fitness trails, and playgrounds. It is a community garden program intended for community building, education, and health. Located at 2724 Hikone, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Contact Emily (734)994-2985 or general offices at (734)973-1183
Glacier Hills Retirement Community Residential & Rehabilitation (Healing) Gardens
Glacier Hills offers two forms of community gardening, for personal needs and healing. Residential gardens include 10 raised beds (2.5 ft off the ground) with individual hoses and indoor herb growing in the dining room. The wellness garden is also handicap accessible and recreational therapists perform services there. Located 1200 Earhart rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Contact Claire McCrystal at (734)769-6410
Gretchen's House Child Care Center Educational /Learning Gardens (Children)
Gretchen’s House Child Care Centers watch children 6 weeks to preschool and provide early learning, garden maintenance, health, and outdoor experience. One of their community gardens is located at 1745 W. Stadium Blvd in Ann Arbor, but they are scattered all over Ann Arbor. Each garden location will vary, ask to get specifics if necessary. To learn more about these gardens, call the administration at (734)761-2576
Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Gaffield’s Children’s Garden Educational Gardens (Children)
The children’s garden is a year-round, free to the public, volunteer run botanical garden. Primarily for educational purposes, this garden teaches people of all ages various information on gardening and botanicals. During some visits guests are even allowed to sample various items from the gardens. All left over edibles are donated to Food Gathers. Located at 1800 N. Dixboro, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Contact Debbie at (734)647-7600 for more information.
Ozone House Community Garden Educational & Healing Garden
The garden here was created to proved necessary life skills training and as a form of therapeutic activity for youth (10-17) in the shelter. The concept is to teach ‘farm to fork’ or ‘garden to table’. Located at 1705 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Contact Nicole Baskin firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tappan Educational & Healing Garden
This is a school garden started by the PTSO. It works with students, staff, parents, and former Tappan parents to really engage children in the learning process and gardening. Located at 2252 East Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Contact Lynda Norton email@example.com & Kathy Sample firstname.lastname@example.org (Co-Chairs of Tappan PTSO Garden Committee) for more.
Zion Lutheran Church Faith & Food Garden
Zion constructed its 50' x 50' in the spring of 2012, as part of the larger community's Faith and Food garden programs. 100% of our produce is donated to Food Gatherers for distribution to people in need. The garden is fenced, uses raised beds, and relies on the volunteer energies of Zion's members, young and old. Zion is please to be working with Growing Hope, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and Food Gatherers. Located at 1501 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. For more information, contact the church at (734)994-4455 for general information or questions and Bryan Weinert email@example.com
Amazing Grace Faith & Food Garden
Amazing Grace is an on-the street ministry helping the homeless. They are located at 3025 N. Prospect, Superior Township. The 2012 garden steward is Cheryl Lawrence. Contact Cheryl at 615-300-6618 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The below community gardens are a part of Project Grow, a long-time Ann Arbor-based organization offering plot rental gardens. If you're in Ann Arbor, check out if any are near you! For more information on the Project Grow gardens contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com
Ann Arbor Airport Community (Use) Garden
Airport’s remote location makes it unique among area community gardens which are typically in more urban areas. This Project Grow site contains 35 25’x30’ perennial (no till) plots. The amazing soil at Airport is light, fluffy, blacker than fresh compost and contains no rocks! For more information, contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Community (Use) Garden
Started in the spring of 2010, the Better Together Garden is a great addition to an array of inclusive recreation programming offered to residents, on-site at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. As a community garden comprised of mixed-height plots, 14 of which are easily accessible to wheelchair users (12 raised beds and 2 table top), we welcome participants of all abilities, all ages and all gardening skill levels, The garden is at 3941 Research Park Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. In 2015 this garden joined the Project Grow family of community gardens. For more information, contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com
Buhr Park Community Garden Community (Use) Garden
This is a Project Grow garden using space loaned by Ann Arbor Parks and water from Allen School. The garden contains 8 25’x30’ perennial (no till) plots. Located at 2560 Towner Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.For more information, contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Social Services Garden Community (Use) Garden
This is a Project Grow garden containing 12 25’x30’ plots. Four are perennial (no till) plots. Located at Catholic Social Services, 4925 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, 48108. For more information contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com.
Chapel Hill Condominiums Community (Residents) Garden
This is another Project Grow garden. Anyone can garden here but residents are given first priority. The site contains 20 12.5’ x 30’ half plots. Located at 3350 Green Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105 behind the playground, on Bulgos Circle. For more information, contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clague Middle School Garden Community (Use) Garden
A Project Grow garden, holding 8 25’x30’ perennial (not tilled) plots. Located in the front, near the road, at Clague Middle School 2616 Nixon Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. For more information, contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com
Cobblestone Farms & Museum Community (Donation) Garden
This is Project Grow’s Giving Garden. Everything grown here is donated to the Back Door Panrty. The garden is entirely volunteer run and financed so donations and volunteers are always welcome. Located at 2781 Packard, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. For more informaiton, contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
County Farm Park Community (Use) & Healing Garden
This is one of the larger sites among the Project Grow Community Gardens, with a community garden containing 81 25’x30’ beds and Discovery Garden with thirty 14”-30” raised beds. Located at 2230 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.. For more information, contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com
Dicken Elementary School Garden Community (Use) Garden
This school garden is supported by parent volunteers and the PTO of Dicken Elementary School. Created at the request of Dicken parents, this community garden is maintained by parents nearby residents and open after normal school hours. Located at 2135 Runnymede Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Contact Andy Comai firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenview Community Garden Community (Use) Garden
A Project Grow community garden, containing 23annual and 6 perennial (no till) 24’x30’plots. Located at Greenview Rd., near Scio Church Rd. For more information, contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com.
Hill Side Terrace Community (Use) Garden
A Project Grow site with eleven 25’x30’ perennial (no till) plots. For more information, contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Location 1939 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Community (Residential) Garden
Hunt Park Community (Use) Garden
Lakewood School Garden Community (Use) Garden
This perennial (no till) Project Grow site contains nine 25’x30’ plots. For more information contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com.
Leslie Science Center: Discovery Gardens Community (Use) Garden
This Project Grow Discovery Garden contains 35 raised beds that are open to everyone. Located at 1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. For more information contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Community (Use) Garden
The community garden at Matthaei is run by Project Grow and is also located at 1800 N. Dixboro, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The sites contains 26 25’x30’ plots. For more information contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com
Mitchell Elementary Community Garden Community (Use) Garden
A Project Grow garden located between Mitchell and Scarlet schools. The Mitchell garden is located at 3550 Pittsview, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 and contains ten 25’x30’ beds. For more information contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northside Community Garden Community (Use) Garden
A Project Grow community garden in affiliation with the Community Action Network, providing space for community gardening by Northside. Located behind Northside school, off of Pontiac Trail and Barton Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. For more information contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com
Platt Road Garden Community (Use) Garden
Ellsworth Community (Rental) Garden
This is a Project Grow community garden, welcoming all looking to rent a plot. Located at 2140 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.For moreinformation contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
West Park Community (Use) Garden
A Project Grow site containing eighteen 12.5’x30’ half plots. Located at 205 Chapin St., Ann Arbor 48103. For more information contact Kirk Jones at email@example.com
Wines Elementary School Community (Use) Garden
Project Grow’s smallest garden site containing five 25’x30’ perennial (no till) plots. Located at 1701 Newport Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Contact Kirk Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Many area gardens fall into more than one of these categories:
Neighborhood gardens: Often what people think of as a "traditional" community garden, neighbors often rent or adopt plots-- sometimes for a fee-- most often to grow healthy fruits & veggies.
Learning gardens: When a garden's primary goal is education, whether in a school setting, to encourage intergenerational learning, or to share job skills.
Sharing gardens: While all of our partner gardens that grow veggies/fruits participate in Plant A Row for the Hungry, some gardens' primary purpose is growing food for donation to neighbors in need. Whether to donate to Food Gatherers or distributing directly to neighbors, sharing the harvest helps to increase our community's food security.
Market gardens: When we connect gardening with entrepreneurship-- whether to sell our harvests at farmers' markets, or turn them into a value-added product (think salsa from tomatoes), we become market gardeners. What better than local, green, garden-based business that also feed and beautify our communities?
Healing gardens: Also called horticultural therapy, this type of garden is intent on healing mind and body.