Community Gardening

organic gardens: community gardens in meadowbrook park

Garden at the oldest local organic community gardens! Since 1975, the Meadowbrook Organic Garden Program has supported healthy people and a healthy community. We provide space, water, hoses and wheelbarrows. You supply tools, plants, labor, and optional fencing. During the growing season (May-October), a Garden Supervisor will assist with any questions or concerns. Garden plots are rented in "as is" condition and participation is at your own risk. This is a community garden and interaction with the general public is expected and encouraged.

For more information, call 217-384-4062 or see the Garden Manual. Tips on the basics of organic gardening are available in the supplemental guide.

To Register for a Garden Plot:

  • Register by calling 217-367-1544 or in person at the Phillips Recreation Center. Online registration is not available.
  • In addition to the plot rental fee, gardeners pay a $30/plot deposit. The deposit is returned at the end of the growing season if the gardener abides by the Urbana Park District's published guidelines. Returning gardeners in good standing earn a discounted deposit.
  • New gardeners must attend a Garden Meeting where garden plot selection will take place. You must register and pay for the garden at least two days prior to attending a meeting.

Garden Meetings at the Anita Purves Nature Center:

Date Time Register for a Plot & Meeting by:
Tues, February 19 6:30-7:30pm Sat, February 16
Sat, March 2 1-2pm Thur, February 28
Tues, March 12 6-7pm Sat, March 9
Tues, March 26 7-8pm Sat, March 23
Sat, April 6 10-11am Thur, April 4


Plot Size Fee
Raised Plot*: 11' x 3' $20R/$30NR
Half Plot: 17' x 15' $30R/$45NR
Full Plot: 17' x 30' $50R/$75NR

*Raised Plots are ADA Accessible