Can I request a specific garden plot, or a specific area within the garden?
Gardeners may indicate a desired plot (or area) in the comment field of the online request; however, garden plots are assigned in the order of when the application is received. No other factors allow preferential plot location assignments.
How can I be added to the wait list for next year?
The earliest date that your request and payment will be accepted is the first day of registration in March for that gardening year. No priority is given to those on the waitlist in the previous year.
Once all plots in a garden are taken, you can be added to a waitlist for that specific location. Email your name, email address, phone number and desired plot location to the Parks and Recreation Department.
Occasionally, a gardener is not able to fulfill the responsibility of gardening (sometimes, even before the garden season starts). In that situation, the first person on the waitlist for that garden location is contacted.
Requests for community garden plots are accepted the first day of registration in March each year for that gardening year until gardens are sold out. Payment must be received at the time of the request. Visit the Community Gardens page to make a request online.
Payment may be submitted online or in person at the Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
Applications will not be accepted until the first day of registration and will continue to be accepted until all garden plots have been taken. Once all plots in a garden are taken, you can be added to a waitlist for that specific location. Email your name, email address, phone number and desired plot location to the Parks and Recreation Department.
How likely is it that I will get a community garden plot?
Historically, most gardeners who submitted a request by April 15 were able to get a plot. A waiting list is started once all gardens are taken. At Pioneer Park, the City has fewer gardens and a higher number of returning gardeners. You can indicate alternative choices in plot size or location, in the case your first choice is not available.
At Pioneer Trail and Duck Lake Trail, water tanks are located throughout the garden area. A bucket must be used to collect the water and carry it to the plot. At Pioneer Park, water faucets are available; three throughout the garden area. Direct hose hook-up is not permitted. A bucket must be used to collect the water and carry it to your plot. Please do not hoard or save water.
The garden next to me appears to be abandoned. Can I take it over?
Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 952-949-8442. The City will contact that gardener to find out if they have decided not to garden. If so, the available garden plot will be assigned to the next person on the wait list.
What do most people grow at their community garden plot?
Gardeners grow a variety of annual flowers and vegetables such as pumpkins, cucumbers, sunflowers, corn, peppers, green beans and tomatoes. All plots are in full sun.
What if I don't like the size or location of the garden plot I've been assigned?
Because you are making a request at the time of payment, it is possible that we may not have the size or at the location you want. We ask you to indicate other sizes/locations you would accept, if your first choice is not available. You will be refunded or billed if there is a pricing difference in your final assigned plot.
What if I only want Pioneer Park community garden plot?
If you only want a garden at Pioneer Park, please indicate that when you're applying for the plot. If the City cannot accommodate you at that location, your payment will be refunded after April 16 without prior notification.
Where can I find information about renting a community garden plot?
Visit the Community Gardens page to learn more about renting a community garden plot.
Who are community gardeners?
Those who live or work in Eden Prairie. Some gardeners have a house with a shady backyard, but need a sunny place to plant. Some gardeners live in apartments. Some gardeners need more garden space for bigger, sprawling plants. Some gardeners are growing food for their family. Some gardeners are enjoying the time outdoors. All ages can be found at the gardens.
Who can rent a community garden?
Eden Prairie residents or persons who work in Eden Prairie are able to rent a community garden plot. Residents over the age of 55 get a discounted rate.
Everyone can register to request a community garden plot on the first day of spring/summer Parks and Recreation program registration. However, returning gardeners are given priority until April 15 to make payment.