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Butler Park Community Garden Butler Park Community Gardens are home to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard youth gardening program.

Volunteer logo Grow closer to your food! Community Gardening offers a variety of gardening opportunities for individuals, families, groups and organizations. Services provided in the gardens include the initial preparation of the garden area, water sources, maintained paths, composting facilities, fencing, the advice of the garden supervisor (if requested), and the Garden Beet newsletter. Communal tools are available for use at scheduled times during the week. Gardeners with disabilities or other limitations will find gardening support, including wheelchair-accessible raised beds and access to adaptive tools. All gardens have plenty of conveniently located parking and are also accessible on Bloomington Transit bus routes.

Plots are available for use from mid-April through October 31. A limited number of plots and all the raised beds allow for year 'round use, with permission from gardening program staff.

Community Orchard Classes

Gardening Classes

Registration and Garden Plot Rental

Registering gardeners must complete the Program Registration Form (PDF 116.34 KB) and Gardening Contract, (PDF 92.06 KB) and all participating gardeners must read and sign the contract as well. The registration forms must be submitted in person at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office, 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250 inside City Hall - Showers Building. The registering gardener will select from available plots on the maps at the front desk and record the plot number on the contract. New gardeners who want to rent more than one plot or a plot with year-round use must contact gardening program staff before registering.

For more information about the Community Gardening program, or about garden plot rental, contact Robin Hobson at 812-349-3704 or e-mail

Willie Streeter Community Gardens

Located in Winslow Woods Park on South Highland Avenue near the YMCA, the Willie Streeter Community Gardens are Community Gardening's oldest and largest garden area. Since opening in 1984, the gardens have grown to include 180 garden plots and raised beds.

Butler Park Community Gardens

Located in Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park at the intersection of West Ninth and North Fairview Streets, the Butler Park Community Garden enables gardeners to learn and practice the techniques of organic gardening. Now in its third season, the garden includes 38 organic plots available in two sizes. This garden area also enables the growth of Community Gardening's partnership with Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, a local food pantry, by providing space for them to maintain a hoop house, expand their youth gardening program, and produce more food for those in need.

Butler Park Community Gardens Plot Map

Crestmont Community Gardens

Community Gardening and Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Food Pantry continue an alternative method of community gardening at the Crestmont Community Garden in Crestmont Park. Mother Hubbard's Cupboard coordinates a collaborative garden in which all gardeners at this site garden the entire space together. The harvest is shared by gardeners and Crestmont community members. Surplus harvests are distributed through the Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Food Pantry. Educational programs pertaining to organic gardening also take place at this site. For more information on how to participate, contact Mother Hubbard's Cupboard at 812-355-6843 or e-mail

Financial Aid Program

To ensure gardening opportunities are available to all members of the Bloomington community, financial assistance is available for those in need to help cover garden plot rental fees. For more information or to receive an application for garden plot rental assistance, (PDF 25.41 KB) contact Lesilyn Neely at 812-349-3702.

Banneker Green Thumbs Garden

Volunteer logo The Banneker Green Thumbs Garden, located at the Banneker Community Center on West Seventh Street, enables youth enrolled in the Banneker Center's after-school, summer, and preschool programs to learn the art of organic gardening. Mother Hubbard's Cupboard partners with Community Gardening to help educate the youth of our community while producing food to distribute to community members in need through the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign. For information on how to participate contact Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Food Pantry or call 812-355-6843.

Plant a Row for the Hungry

To address local issue of community food security, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation joins with Worm's Way, Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli,Mother Hubbard's Cupboard and Hoosier Hills Food Bank in encouraging gardeners to grow an extra row for a hungry family. In 2014, the campaign raised over 33,000 pounds of fresh produce,which was distributed through the Food Bank to community members in need. For more information on how to participate, call Robin Hobson at 812-349-3704 or email


Volunteer logo Schedule a day, March-October

Grow closer to local food! Community Gardening grows both plants and community. Since 1984, the Parks and Recreation Department has offered community gardening opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. A favorite venue of volunteer groups, the gardens benefit from a number of service projects throughout the year.
Duties: Volunteers assist the staff in maintaining paths, turning compost, weeding, and harvesting as well as creating and maintaining ornamental, wildlife, and demonstration plantings.
Program Time: Schedule your group for a three- to four-hour shift.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Willie Streeter or Butler Park Community Gardens
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Groups of 5-25
Other: Print form (PDF 136.91 KB), have everyone sign, and bring to scheduled service project.