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Page last updated on February 9, 2022 at 11:41 am

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 53 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

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Returning gardener registration was scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 14. However, due to a technical issue with the software used for garden plot rental registration, the returning gardener registration will being instead on Tuesday, Feb. 22. New gardener registration is scheduled to begin as early as March 9, barring any other technical difficulties. 

Gardeners who rented plots in 2021 can rent new plots beginning February 22. New gardener registration begins as early as March 9. Garden plots are available to rent throughout the season or until all plots are rented.

For registration updates and email reminders, click here and send your contact information to the Community Gardening program coordinator to be added to the list.


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 2022 Plot Rental Fee Plot Description
165201-A $53/in-city, $62/non-city Organic Large Plot
140 sq. ft
165201-B $40/in-city, $47/non-city Organic Small Plot
approx. 95 sq. ft
165201-C $40/in-city, $47/non-city Organic Raised Bed
32 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