Want to join a community garden?

There are more than 180 active community gardens in the DUG network. With the exception of a small number of gardens that serve specific communities, DUG community gardens are open to the public.

DUG community and school-based gardens are as diverse as the people who garden in them. Most DUG gardens are comprised of several separate garden plots that are cared for by individuals or families. The community gardeners care for and harvest from their own plots. Shared spaces like pathways, perennial herb and flower beds, sheds, and gathering spaces are cared for by all community members.

Plot availability

In gardens that are open to the public, gardeners from the previous season have priority to reserve their plot from the year before. Some gardens are almost always full each season, while others have more availability. For gardens with plot availability, plots are accessed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If a garden is marked green, click on the map to find more info on the garden, including the contact email for the garden. Email the Garden Leader to inquire about availability and to request a plot application.

Please note: each spring (March-May), our volunteer Garden Leaders will be checking with gardeners from last year and contacting their current waitlists (if applicable) to confirm plot availability before marking their garden as full.  Please be patient if you do not hear back right away, as they are often in process of confirming availability before accepting new plot applications.

If the garden is marked blue and is full, the Garden Leader can add you to the waitlist.

community gardens with potential plot availability

community gardens with no plot availability

community gardens not open to the public

Denver Urban Gardens and its staff and board honor the land on the unceded territories of the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho Peoples. 

May our stewardship of this land demonstrate our commitment to working to dismantle ongoing legacies of oppression and inequities, and recognize the current and future contributions of Indigenous communities in Denver.

PROGRAM FEES

Each community garden charges an annual plot fee which is determined by the leadership of the garden based on community need. The average plot fee is $40 a year and supports our maintenance support, water fees, compost, and program support.

Additionally, DUG Garden Dues are $25 annually. This fee supports our administrative costs (and helps us keep our lights on).

Pay-it-forward scholarships to cover garden membership dues and plot fees are available to those who need financial assistance.

PLOT INFORMATION

Plot sizes vary from garden to garden, but most are 10 feet by 15 feet or around 150 square feet.

HOW TO JOIN A GARDEN

Applications for the upcoming season open on March 1st. Contact the garden leader of the garden you are interested in joining to ensure plot availability and fill out a plot application.

Click on the garden map icons above to learn more about a garden, including how to contact the Garden Leader.

BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION

Potential gardeners only need to submit to a background check if they would like to garden at a school-based community garden on Denver Public Schools (DPS) property.

Denver Public Schools considers community gardeners to be school volunteers and requires that each gardener comply with DPS Volunteer Services Policies. Therefore, all gardeners who wish to garden at a school-based community garden in Denver, including family members of students, fall under the classification of a DPS Volunteer, and a background check will be required.

While a photo ID is required, it does not need to be issued by the US Government. For example, a foreign photo ID such as a passport, license, student or Consulate ID would suffice. A social security number is also not required to complete the process. The information provided by a volunteer on the background check form is completely confidential and is never shared with other government agencies outside of DPS. Background check forms are available from the Garden Leaders at each garden.

Denver Urban Gardens is grateful for our longstanding partnership with DPS. Gardens on school grounds allow DUG to increase our organizational capacity by eliminating the costs of land acquisition and water tap fees. More importantly, participants at school-based community gardens are afforded the opportunity to interact with school communities, strengthening the sense of community in urban neighborhoods and creating partnerships among teachers, students, volunteers, and neighbors.

How We Support Our Gardens 

  • Cultivate community-driven garden leadership, including volunteer gardener leader recruitment and placement
  • Provide garden maintenance support
  • Provide fiscal management of garden accounts (when requested)
  • Provide liability insurance coverage for gardens and serve as liaison between gardens and city officials, agencies and water providers
  • Establish working relations with garden property owner agencies and negotiate and maintain garden site use agreements
  • Coordinate volunteer groups and supervise large maintenance and improvement projects
  • Mediate inter-community gardener conflicts as requested
  • Organize peer-to-peer networking and learning events for gardeners and garden leaders