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Community Gardens

Community Gardens
Season update: The end of the garden season will be November 2. Please remove all personal and non-organic items by November 2.

Haagen Garden Water Update: The will be shut off for an undetermined amount of time due to irrigation system repairs.

Start a community garden and discover friendship while growing your flowers and food!

Do you enjoy growing things but lack the space to do so? Community gardening is a wonderful opportunity to meet others with the same interests. Experience the gratification of producing flowers and food for your table.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Community Garden Program has a plot to meet your needs. We have a variety of plot sizes and types, multiple garden locations and more community partners to help you be a successful gardener.


Local Gardening Resource Database
Do you need information on gardening techniques? How to start your own garden? Other gardening resources in Clark County? Connect to the Vancouver Clark Community Grown partnership, where local Vancouver and Clark County resources are available to help answer your gardening questions. 

This program was developed through joint efforts of Clark County, WSU Clark County Extension, Vancouver-Clarks Parks and Recreation and other community garden advocates.

Vancouver Community Garden Plot Opportunities

View the Community Garden brochure in English, Spanish or Russian at the links below.
We have plots to address a variety of gardening needs.

Marshall Community Park Garden
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

  • 75 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 20 plots - 10' x 10'
  • 3 raised beds - 4' x 12'
  • 4 round raised containers

Access to restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic tables, benches, parking

Haagen Community Park Garden
NE 9th St, west of NE 136th Ave

  • 12 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 12 plots - 10' x 10'
  • 4 raised beds - 4' x 12'-

Access to restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic tables, benches, parking

Campus Garden
Campus Drive & 65th Avenue

  • 75 plots - 20' x 20'

Ellsworth Road Garden
SE 10th Street & Ellsworth Road

  • 50 plots - 20' x 20'
  • Access to parking

Fruit Valley Park
31st Street & Fruit Valley Rd

  • 24 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 8 plots - 10' x 10'
  • Access to benches and limited parking
     

Garden Plot Rates

Please keep in mind plot measurements are approximate!

Size City Resident Non-Resident Senior City Resident Senior Non-Resident
20x20 $40 $46 $30 $34
10x10 $20 $23 $15 $17
Raised Beds $15 $17 $10 $12
  • Senior Rates (60 and older) 
     

2014 Garden Schedule (subject to change)

This is a tentative gardening schedule. Wet weather and reductions in staff and resources have necessitated the site prep/tilling and staking/stringing to be bumped to late April/early May.

  • Site prep/tilling: Early to Mid-April
  • Staking & stringing: Completed
  • Start of plantings: April 15th
  • Last day of season: November 2nd
  • Clean-up completed: November 3rd

All dates are weather permitting.
 

Registration information

Registration Dates:
Returning Gardeners: February 18th 
New Gardeners: February 24th  

  • Initial registration is limited to one plot
  • Returning gardeners may register by phone IF they are reserving the same plot from the previous year. All other registrations must be done in-person at the Marshall Community Center.

Gardening education
Be sure to review the Vancouver Parks and Recreation catalog for classes and programs for all ages to learning about gardening. We have camps for kids that work with gardens, canning classes, and informational sessions.
 

Other Non-City Garden Sites


Food Gardens in Neighborhood Parks
Are you interested in working with your neighborhood association to create a community food garden in your neighborhood park? We may be able to help.

Go to our policy for starting a food garden in your neighborhood park for more information about how to get one started. Food gardens in your neighborhood create active spaces in the park, promote conversations with your neighbors, promote healthy lifestyles and build community.

The Clark County Gardens
Located Clark County's Heritage Farm at 78th Street in Hazel Dell, this property used to be the site of the County's "poor farm", where poverty stricken families lived and worked during the early part of the 20th Century.

It was deeded to WSU for agricultural research in 1949. Ownership reverted back to the County in 2008. A commitment to the property's history, combined with a modern vision for sustainable practices and community access, resulted in the opening of community gardens there in 2010.

The Clark County Gardens registration information

The Rose Village Neighborhood Garden
There are two gardens in the Rose Village Neighborhood:

  • Gateway Garden at 39th and P Street
  • Village Plaza Garden just west of St John’s IGA at the corner of St John’s Blvd and Fort Vancouver Way

Both are volunteer-led efforts to bring food garden options closer to the local residents. These projects are led by the 4th Plain GreenUp Team and Americans Building Community, a Vancouver based 501(c)(3). Each location has 10 -15 plots of varying sizes available.

Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in their own garden plot, general site maintenance and can garden through fall and winter. Mentors are available. Contact Toree Hiebert at 360-907-5814 or Patti Maggiora at 360-921-7826 for more information.

Clark County Homegrown Gardens (CCHG) is also providing other community garden plots throughout the community.

Bagley Downs Neighborhood Garden at Columbia Signs
This neighborhood garden behind Columbia Signs at 4700 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. is a volunteer-led effort to bring food garden options closer to the local residents. 

This project is led by the 4th Plain GreenUp Team and Americans Building Community, a Vancouver based 501(c)(3). 10 -15 plots of varying sizes are available. Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in their own garden plot,  general site maintenance and can garden through fall and winter. Mentors are available. Contact Toree Hiebert at 360-907-5814 or Patti Maggiora at 360-921-7826 for more information.

 

The Fort Vancouver Garden
The Fort Vancouver Garden is an organic, interpretive garden representing the type of garden that would have been grown at the original Fort Vancouver in the 1840's.

Volunteers receive the surplus produce after it has been distributed to Share House and the Fort kitchen. To participate in the planting, weeding and harvesting, you are required to fill out a Volunteer Agreement. Feel free to inquire. Contact Elaine Dorset, 360-816-6254.

Columbia River Healthy Garden
This large garden is located just west of Columbia River Mental Health Services, and just north of Carr Chevrolet on NE 65th Avenue. It is a volunteer-led effort by and for nearby neighbors.

This project is led by Columbia River Mental Health Services (owner of the property), the 4th Plain GreenUp Team and Americans Building Community, a Vancouver based 501(c)(3). Plans are to expand over the next two years including more garden plots, fruit tree orchard and rain water runoff harvesting system.

Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in their own garden plot, general site maintenance and can garden through fall and winter. Mentors are available. Contact Pat Stryker at 360-993-3049, Toree Hiebert at 360-907-5814 or Patti Maggiora at 360-921-7826 for more information.

Call 487-7100 or e-mail us for more information.