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Located on South Highland Avenue near the southeast YMCA, Willie Streeter Community Gardens are the Community Gardening program's oldest and largest gardens. Since opening in 1984, the garden has grown to include 176 garden plots and raised beds for rent.

The Community Gardening program 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 access, maintained paths, composting facilities, deer fencing, access to mulch, the advice of knowledgeable staff, and the Garden Beet newsletter. Communal tools are available for use at scheduled times during the week. Our three garden sites have plenty of conveniently located parking and are accessible by Bloomington Transit bus routes. Plots are available for use starting in mid-April. 

For more information about the community gardening program, or about renting a garden plot at Willie Streeter Community Gardens, contact Sarah Mullin at 812-349-3704 or mullins@bloomington.in.gov.

Registration and Garden Plot Rental

  • New gardeners and returning gardeners who wish to garden in an additional plot, or in plot(s) other than those rented in 2019 may register on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Feb. 19, 2020.

Registering gardeners must complete the Program Registration Form and 2020 Gardener Agreement, 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. The registering gardener will select from available plots on the maps at the Parks and Recreation office. 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, email communitygardens@bloomington.in.gov.

 

Registration Code 2020 Plot Rental Fee Plot Description
165202-A $37/in-city, $44/non-city Small Organic Plot
approx. 100 sq. ft.
165202-B $73/in-city, $85/non-city Large Organic Plot
approx. 200 sq. ft.
165202-C $37/in-city, $44/non-city Organic Raised Bed
32 sq. ft.
165202-D $73/in-city, $85/non-city Large Conventional Plot
approx. 200 sq. ft.

Accessibility

Gardeners with disabilities or other limitations will find gardening support, including wheelchair-accessible raised beds and access to adaptive tools.

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 mullins@bloomington.in.gov.