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Marcia Veldman, Farmers' Market Coordinator, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, 812.349.3738 or veldmanm@bloomington.in.gov

Community Garden Open House May 5; Garden Plots Still Available for Rent

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open house at Willie Streeter Community Gardens, 2120 S. Highland Ave. in Bloomington, May 5 from 1 until 3 p.m. Visitors can learn more about the Department's community gardening program, participate in the plant and seed swap, and register for a garden plot.

A variety of large (10’ x 20’) and small (10’ x 10’) garden plots remain available for rent by members of the community who want to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers this summer.

According to interim community gardening program coordinator Marcia Veldman, the garden plots at Willie Streeter have been tilled by Department staff, and gardeners will be able to get in to work their plots as early as May 2. The frost-free date for this zone has passed, which in gardening terms means seeds such as as green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and sunflowers, and plant starts as well, can be planted right away.

The rental price of a garden plot includes water sources, fencing, composting facilities, Parks and Recreation Department staff resources, gardening newsletter, and friendly neighbors.

Large garden plots rent for $73/city residents, $85/non-city residents; small garden plots are $37/city residents, $44/non-city residents. All gardens are available for use from now through Oct. 31 and some are available for year-round use.

For more information, or to request a garden plot rental registration packet, contact Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 812.349.3704 or email communitygardens@bloomington.in.gov. Registration takes place in person at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department office in City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. Ste. 250, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Gardeners of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

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