Want some fresh herbs and veggies but don’t have a sunny spot in your own yard? Get a plot at a community garden! You’ll be amazed at how much better fresh veggie taste, and they are cheaper too. If you know of other community gardens in the area please share via a comment.
Plano Community Garden
4030-B W. Plano Parkway
The Plano Community Garden was formed in 2005 as a partnership between the City of Plano,
the Junior League of Collin County and the Volunteers in Plano. There is no fee to adopt a plot, and gardeners provide their own plants while the city provides mulch, soil, fencing and water. All produce grown in the 4-feet-by-18-feet raised beds is organic. Gardeners are welcome to keep up to 50% of their harvest; the remainder is donated to local food pantries (Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano Food Pantry at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church and Seven Loaves at St. Andrew United Methodist Church) for distribution to their clients. Plots need to be checked 2 to 3 times a week in the spring for watering and weeding, almost daily in the summertime. New members of the Plano Community Garden are paired with a garden mentor for the first year to assist with orientation. To provide a realistic view of the project and the level of service involved, we ask interested gardeners to first participate in a community workday. For more information, please contact the Plano Community Garden coordinator at EECO@plano.gov or 972-769-4228. (above photo from City of Plano)
Community Harvest Garden
Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Plano
2875 East Parker Road, Plano
Community Harvest Community Garden provides 25 sunny, raised bed plots, a fruit orchard and community herb gardens for individuals and families who need space for a garden as well as those who want to learn to grow organic vegetables and cultivate their green thumbs. Fifty percent of the produce raised is shared weekly with food pantries and local shelters. $35 fee, $20 for a half plot or for half a year. Facebook group
West Plano Presbyterian Church
2709 Custer Rd, Plano
UT Dallas Community Garden
Active Garden Helpers automatically qualify for the next available plot. Upon approval, each new gardener may tend to a ½ plot, free of charge, and assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Central Christian Church
1651 E. Campbell Road, Richardson
Water usage fees per year (as of 2017) $40 for a 4’x12’ plot, $20 for a 4’x6′ plot
Project Eden Community Garden
Richardson East Church of Christ
1504 E. Campbell Road, Richardson
Project Eden began in February of 2009 with 16 plots cared for by a combination of church members and neighbors from the surrounding community. It was expanded to 32 plots in fall of 2010. Plots are $40/year to pay for water costs not covered under an agreement with the City of Richardson. Plots are usually available year round although most plots are under contract before the beginning of growing season each year. All plot owners donate a percentage of their produce to the CARE Corps Food Pantry at Richardson East.