Welcome to Helena Community Gardens

Garden with us!!

Each of our community gardens provides participants with an individual plot, tools, water, compost, straw, common space and the knowledge and guidance of Garden Managers and the HCG network.
With these resources, and a little bit of persistence and patience, gardeners cultivate food for their family, friends, and we encourage donations to Helena Food Share as well!


Harvest Garden Bike Tour & Fundraising Dinner

Join us for a FREE Harvest Garden Tour Bike Ride – 5-7 PM Music, harvest treats, face painting, garden tips & more!

Join Bike Walk Helena, HPD Downtown Bike Patrol and Helena Community Gardens for a FREE 5-mile bike ride to the gardens along Helena’s own Centennial Trail

Register to ride at Centennial Park at 4:30 PM, Guided Ride begins at 5:PM. Tour ends at 7 PM at Jubilee Garden at Saint Mary Catholic Community

Can’t join the ride? Meet us at any of the gardens between 5-6:30 PM!

Waukesha Garden and Park – Sixth Ward Garden and Park – Helena Food Share – Jubilee Garden

Harvest Dinner Fundraiser

7-8 PM After the garden tours, enjoy a harvest dinner at Saint Mary Catholic Community

1700 Missoula Ave. $5 per person or $15 per family All are welcome!


=> OTHER IMPORTANT DATES <=

New Gardener Sign Ups Available Now!  Link Here

Payment and Agreement due for your plot:  April 2019
Note:  Applications received after April 15th will be added to the wait list and assigned on first come, first served basis.

Deadline for fall cleanup and garden plot breakdown:  October 25th


NEW GARDENERS
New Gardener Sign Ups Begin: March 2019
The first step is to fill out an online form in March.  We will contact you if the garden you are interested in has plot availability.  Gardeners will be selected by first come first served, and desired garden location.  If you find out you will be getting a plot, please read and fill out the Garden Agreement and return to the Garden Manager.  Payment is due in April.
Which garden?  View list and map of community gardens with links to maps for each location.
Gardeners on the Wait list:  Note:  Applications received after April will be added to the wait list. While you might not get a plot in your first choice of garden the first year, we keep an active waiting list that we work through the entire season.  Contact us if you have questions.

RETURNING GARDENERS
*Return Gardener sign ups now closed. Timeline to Reclaim Plot:  Before March 15, 2019.  

You will need to fill out a new Garden Agreement (download pdf form here) (download word doc form here) for 2019, and payment is due in April.

Please make sure we have your current contact information so we can touch base with you before the season begins!

Sponsorships
If you would like to sponsor a plot for someone who may not have the resources to pay a plot fee, please indicate this on the online form.  We thank you for your generosity!

Fee Waiver
We are able to provide a full or partial waiver for a limited amount of plots. To apply for a waiver, please include this information on the online form.

Read about our Montana Rural Health
Initiative Mini-Grant, a success story from Waukesha Garden

photo of row cover and squash
Daphne points out the summer squash under the Row Cover