It's amazing what can be grown in 80 square feet! Choose from over 50 plots in two locations and start planning your garden today!
Garden plots rent annually in January for the growing season that runs from April 1 through October 31. Garden plots are 4' by 20' with 4' walkways between plots. Gardens are located at Harmon Park (north of the tennis courts adjacent to the pool parking lot) and at Global Montessori (75th & Cherokee). The gardens are organic so take care to use organic methods and products. Not sure if you can tend a whole plot? Consider sharing a plot with a friend or neighbor.
Gardeners are encouraged to donate excess produce to one of the local food pantries.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get a garden plot for the 2017 season:
Both renewing subscribers and interested new subscribers should fill out the application form available here. Renewing subscribers have the right of first refusal, and remaining plots will be awarded via lottery—not first-come, first-serve—in early 2017. Every season, there are available garden plots.
Requirements for plot holders:
The rules are spelled out in the subscriber agreement, which is part of the application form available here. Every season, there are ’work days’ to improve the overall garden. There is one general meeting early in the season and another in October, to close out the season. Work days and general meetings are part of the agreement and participation is required.
- General meeting, Saturday, 9 AM, March 4 in the Council Chambers, 7700 Mission Road
- General meeting, Saturday, 9 AM, October 21 in the Community Center, 7720 Mission Road
We have fun, too!
Each year, all gardeners and their families and friends celebrate the Summer Solstice with a pot luck dinner at the Harmon Park garden. In 2017, the dinner will be at 6 PM on Friday, June 23. In case of rain, we will retreat to the east pavilion (near the swimming pool complex on the other side of the tennis courts).
And later in the summer, we’re planning a tomato tasting event. More details about this later.
About Prairie Village Community Gardens
In Prairie Village, the main challenge for residents who want to have a vegetable garden is finding enough open ground with good sun. (Many homeowners who would love to have a vegetable garden simply don't have enough sunlight to grow tomatoes, because of the dense tree canopy.)
Members of the Prairie Village Environmental/Recycling committee had been following the community garden movement and discussing the idea of building a community garden in Prairie Village since 2009. We called upon a number of church congregations to ignite interest in co- developing a community garden on church property. We scoured the City for other open ground as well.
Fortunately, we were able to make an agreement with Global Montessori, at 75th and Belinder for gardening space.
And, we asked the Parks & Recreation Committee if it could identify some lightly used park space that could be given over to our gardeners. After due consideration, the Committee provided four options and we have chosen the one with the best overall conditions, which includes access to water and sun, along with a location easy for gardeners to reach. It’s in Harmon Park, just north of the tennis courts at 77th and Delmar.
Also in 2011, we were fortunate to win a grant from the Kansas Community Gardens Project. Funds from this grant were sufficient to acquire materials for fencing our two garden locations, install water lines and spigots, create signs, buy hoses and watering wands, and rent equipment to prepare plots.
So our first year of gardening began in springtime of 2012. It was a challenging year because we experienced a warm winter and prolonged drought. But a lot of hard work and commitment--plus careful watering--got us through the season. And, as a bonus, the fall gardening season in 2012 was excellent!
Over the 2012-13 winter, we petitioned the Parks and Recreation Committee for more gardening space at the Harmon Park garden and the Committee granted our expansion plan from the original 20 plots to 38. In 2015, the garden expanded once again to its current 43 plots. And, in 2016, we replaced the perimeter fence at the Harmon Park garden.
If you are a Prairie Village resident who wants a good spot to grow vegetables, we invite you to join us. Or, if you just want to help tend our donation plots, we would love the help!