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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

Registration for garden plots is now OPEN and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until all plots have been rented.

There are limits to how many plots a household can reserve. The limits are as follows:

  • No gardener may rent more than 1 raised bed at any of the 3 garden sites prior to May 1. 
  • At Butler Park, no more than two in-ground garden plot rentals may be rented prior to May 1.

If you reserve plots over the limit for your garden, we will cancel those additional reservations. 

Please follow the link below:


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