Denver Urban Gardens supports more than 100 community gardens throughout Denver, Lakewood, Aurora, Commerce City, Englewood, Westminster, Edgewater, Arvada, Golden, Thornton and Sheridan. The gardens are community initiated and maintained projects. DUG assists neighborhoods and schools with the planning, design, coordination and construction of the gardens, most of which are located in low-income urban neighborhoods.
Through these urban oases, community gardeners collectively assume responsibility to improve their neighborhoods, initiate a sense of pride in their surroundings, and grow fresh, organic food close to home.
The rewards of participating in a community garden go beyond growing fresh, healthy produce. These benefits are priceless and worth the effort – improved health, a fuller life, a network of support which contributes to our individual and collective wellbeing, and a fulfilling sense of security, belonging and meaning.
Dig in with DUG!
Ready to get involved in your nearest community garden? The garden season begins in May and runs through October. Here's how to get started:
1. Contact the Denver Urban Gardens office at 303.292.9900 to obtain the name and number of the garden leader of your chosen garden site.
2. Contact the garden leader to secure a plot. If a plot is available (waiting lists are common), the garden leader will meet you at the garden to select a plot. The garden leader will also share information about social events, maintenance guidelines, fees and forms that need to be completed. All community gardeners must fill out a garden application and waiver.
3. If space is not available at your first choice garden, check our our garden list and map, a choose another site that is convenient for you. Call the DUG office, and we will help you find an alternative.
4. Happy Gardening!