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About Butler Park Community Garden

Nestled in the southwest corner of Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park, at the intersection of West Ninth and North John Streets, Butler Park Community Garden is a place for members of the public to try their hands at organic gardening in rented plots.

The garden includes 50 organic in-ground plots in two sizes and three raised beds for rent.

Garden tools, other amenities, and educational opportunities are available to gardeners as well. 

For more information about the community gardening program, or about renting a garden plot at Butler Park Community Garden, call (812) 349-3704 or email


Hours of Operation

Dawn to dusk, April through October.


Registration and Garden Plot Rental

All plots at Butler Park are currently reserved. Please sign up on our waitlist and we will contact you should a plot that meets your specifications become available. The waitlist is good for the 2021 season only.


Financial Assistance

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, call the Parks and Recreation office at 812-349-3700.


Registration Code 2021 Plot Rental Fee Plot Description
165201-A $40/in-city, $47/non-city Organic Small Plot
approx. 95 sq. ft.
165201-B $40/in-city, $47/non-city Organic Raised Bed
32 sq. ft.
165201-C $53/in-city, $62/non-city Organic Large Plot
140 sq. ft.


See Community Gardening main page for full details.

Sponsorships and Donations

The Community Gardening program benefits from generous donations from corporations, businesses, groups and individuals in the form of seeds, plants, tools, soil amendments and other supplies, which allow us to keep our gardening opportunities affordable to all. There are a number of opportunities to become a donor to or sponsor of the Community Gardening program. Sponsorships or donations are accepted throughout the year. For more information about making a sponsorship or donation to the City's community gardens, contact Sarah Mullin at 812.349.3704 or email