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Community Gardens

Community garden at Marshall Community Center in Vancouver, Washington

Thanks for a great season. Please have all plots cleared out by November 9, 2015, as the end of the season has arrived.

Start Your Community Garden

Do you enjoy growing things but lack the space to do so? Community gardening allows you to experience the gratification of producing flowers and food for your own table. While out in the garden you'll meet others with the same interests and share tips, tricks, seeds and recipes.

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 become a successful gardener.

Local Gardening Resource Database

Do you need information on gardening techniques? Want to know how to start your own garden? Connect to the Vancouver Clark Community Grown partnership, where local resources are available to help answer your gardening questions.

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

Vancouver Community Garden Plot Opportunities

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

This site has access to restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic tables, benches and parking.

Haagen Community Park Garden
NE 9th Street, west of NE 136th Avenue

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

This site has access to restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic tables, benches and 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'

This site has access to parking.

Fruit Valley Park
31st Street & Fruit Valley Road

  • 24 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 8 plots - 10' x 10'

This site has 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 (65+) Senior Non-Resident (65+)
20x20 $42 $48 $32 $36
10x10 $21 $24 $16 $18
Raised Beds $15 $17 $10 $12

2016 Garden Schedule (subject to change)

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

  • Site prep/tilling: Early to mid-April
  • Staking/stringing: Approximately April 22
  • Start of plantings: April 23
  • Last day of season: November 5
  • Clean-up completed: 6

All dates are weather permitting.

Registration Information

2016 Registration Dates
Returning 2015 Gardeners: February 22 
New Gardeners: February 29 

  • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. daily
  • 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 Marshall Community Center

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. See our policy for starting a food garden in your neighborhood park for more information about how to get one started.

The Clark County Gardens

Clark County's Heritage Farm at 78th Street in Hazel Dell 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.

Rose Village Neighborhood Gardens

There are two neighborhood gardens in the Rose Village Neighborhood. Both are volunteer-led efforts to bring food options closer to local residents. These projects are led by the 4th Plain Green-Up Team and Americans Building Community, a Vancouver-based 501(c) (3) Community Development Corporation.

Gateway Garden – located at 39th and P Streets. This garden site is provided through a partnership with the City of Vancouver and a private property owner in Rose Village neighborhood.

  • 6 plots - 20' x 20'
  • 6 plots - 10' x 20'
  • 6 plots - 10' x 10'

The garden site does not have direct water plumbing; however, a system of water storage containers are supplied with water by an adjacent property owner with plumbing to a garden standpipe. There are no restrooms or drinking water on site. There are a couple of benches and parking is available along 39th street east of the P street intersection.

Village Plaza Garden – located at the corner of St John's Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way. This garden site is provided by the owners of Everyday Deals Discount Grocery.

  • 14 plots - 10' x 10'
  • 6 raised beds - 4' x 10'
  • 5 raised beds - 4' x 8'

Access to restrooms is limited to those doing business with local businesses in the area. There is a picnic table on site and parking is available in the Everyday Deals parking lot.

Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in their own garden plot, provide general site maintenance and can garden year-round. Mentors are available. Contact Mark Maggiora at 360-992-9969 or email 4thPlainGardens@abcinc.us for more information.

Bagley Downs Neighborhood Gardens at Nicholson Commons

There are two gardens at this site located at 4912 Nicholson Rd on property owned by the SW Washington Community Land Trust.

Food Bank Garden – This garden site was established to support the fresh fruit and vegetable needs of people served by the St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry at Stapleton Road and 4th Plain Blvd through a partnership with the Clark County Food Bank

  • 20 plots - 4' x 20'

Registered St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry users can register to pick produce on-site. We are working with Food Bank nutritionists to equip Pantry users on how to grow their own food and adopt a plot to tend food growth. We welcome volunteers who are interested in assisting in the food production operation.    

Neighborhood Garden – This garden site is available to residents living in the Bagley Downs neighborhood. 

  • 1 plot - 5' x 10'
  • 21 plots - 10' x 10'
  • 8 raised beds - 5' x 10'

Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in both their own plot in the neighborhood garden and provide general site maintenance. They can garden year around and are required to assist with maintaining a Food Bank plot. Mentors are available. Contact Mark Maggiora at 360-992-9969 or email 4thPlainGardens@abcinc.us for more information.

This is also the site of a low-income home ownership demonstration project called the “Affordable Street of Dreams” program—a collaboration between Americans Building Community and the SW Washington Community Land Trust. The home was renovated through donations, volunteers and Community Development Block Grant funds offered by the City of Vancouver and Clark County.

Columbia River Healthy Homeland Garden

This large garden is located just west of Columbia River Mental Health Services, and just north of Carr Chevrolet & 4th Plain Blvd on NE 65th Avenue. It is a volunteer-led effort by and for nearby neighbors by CRMHS.

Fees are consistent with city community gardens. Gardeners participate in their own garden plot and provide general site maintenance. Garden registration begins the first week in March and any plots available after returning gardeners register are made available to new gardeners.

Contact Shawna Phillips at 360-993-3030 or email Shawnab@crmhs.org for more information.