10 community gardens in Richmond, VA


Uptown Community Garden. | Photo via Richmond Grows Gardens

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Now that spring has sprung, we’re here to herb your enthusiasm with a roundup of community gardens to cultivate your green thumb.

Whether you’re looking to work with a group + share the fruit or solo grow your harvest, these local spots are tilled and ready to turnip this growing season.

Note: Many community gardens offer seed share programs and community shared tool sheds, but check with each garden for specifics.

🍅 Fan, Museum District, Maymont

Maymont Community Garden, 1907 Texas Ave.

This up-and-coming garden has free beds available to Maymont residents. Find the garden at Riverview Community Park next to the skate park + keep up with volunteer events on Instagram.

Get involved: Reserve a bed by sending them an email.

Humphrey Calder Community Garden, 3621 Kensington Ave.

There are 32 plots in this community garden off Patterson Avenue.

Get involved: Volunteer or make a donation by contacting Kelley Davis.

Uptown Community Garden, 2201 Parkwood Ave.

There are private + community plots at this Fan garden.

Get involved: Reach out to coordinator Marlene Sehen.

🍅 Church Hill

Chimborazo Playground Community Garden, E. Grace St. + N. 31st St.

With 30 plots, two children’s gardens, and a butterfly berm, the Chimborazo Playground Community Garden has been growing food for community members for 10 years.

Get involved: Add your name to the waiting list for a plot by contacting garden steward Jennifer Dodge.

Van Lew Community Garden, 2301 E. Grace St.

Named for abolitionist + Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, this garden is filled with native trees + flowers. Head behind Bellevue Elementary School between Franklin and Grace Streets to find the plot.

Get involved: Help out with planting and maintenance by contacting Verdant Richmond.

🍅 Northside, Highland Park

Six Points Community Garden, 3rd Ave., Dill Ave. + Rady St.

A new project in North Highland Park, this group is hosting a planting this Saturday at 11 a.m. Community members will be installing trees, shrubs, and flowers on the site.

Get involved: RSVP for the planting or join the nascent “Friends Of” group by contacting Verdant Richmond.

🍅 Southside

Alice Fitz Community Garden, 1301 Perry St.

This Manchester garden hosts community workdays in addition to renting plots. Bonus: They have peach, pear, and mulberry trees, plus blueberry and raspberry bushes.

Get involved: Apply for a plot using this form.

Fonticello Food Forest, 2715 Bainbridge St.

Located in Carter Jones Park, Fonticello also hosts free farmstands.

Get involved: Reach out to Laney Sullivan.

McDonough Community Garden, 3300 McDonough St.

Come out to the 10th Anniversary Seed Swap and Plant Trade on Thurs., June 2 at 11 a.m.

Get involved: Help build up the garden by reaching out to organizer Duron Chavis.

Broad Rock Community Garden, 404 E. Broad Rock Rd.

Keep up with this Southside garden on Instagram, where they announce community workdays and events.

Get involved: Send Nikiya Ellis an email.

If you want to start your own community garden, head to the Richmond Grows Gardens page on the city’s website. There are several garden sites waiting for go-getting growers. You can also search for gardens we didn’t mention this time around.

Or if you’re looking to spruce up your own yard, shop trees, shrubs, and more that are perfect for growing right here in Zone 7 all shipped right to your front door.*

Want to get your hands dirty at an event? Search the HandsOn Greater Richmond page for garden activities.

Add to our list by letting us know the community gardens where you volunteer.

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