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Garden FAQs

Who is eligible to join one of the WSWCA Community Gardens?

Anyone who maintains a primary residence in the Washington Square West neighborhood as defined by the boundaries of the WSWCA (Broad, Walnut, South and 7th Streets) is eligible for gardening privileges at any WSWCA Community Garden. Gardening privileges are also available to those who live outside the boundaries of Wash West but within a specified distance of a Community Garden. 

Click on the boxes of the map below to view eligibility.


How do I apply to join a Community Garden?

If you are eligible and interested in joining a WSWCA Community Garden, you must submit an application and a $20 non-refundable registration fee. Your name will be placed on the waiting list for the garden of your choice, and you will be notified when a plot is available.

Click here for a Community Garden application. (PDF Format)

How long will it take to get a plot in one of the gardens?

This depends on the number of people on the waiting list for the garden of your choice, and on your position on the waitlist. There are usually vacancies in each of the gardens at the start of the year, and occasionally plots become available during the gardening season as well.

How much does it cost to join a Community Garden?

Community Garden membership dues are currently $30 per year.

What are the requirements of Community Garden membership?

All gardeners are required to adhere to the WSWCA Community Garden Rules.

Click here for a list of WSWCA Community Garden Rules.

Are there limits on garden membership?

You may only belong to one Community Garden at a time, and each household is limited to one garden plot at any given time. However, there is no limit on the number of years you may belong to a WSWCA Community Garden. Members are invited to garden on a year-to-year basis. At the end of each growing season, plots are closed down and possession reverts to the WSWCA Greening Committee. The Greening Committee extends invitations to garden at the start of each year. Garden members who remained in good standing during the previous year are generally invited to return to their plots.