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!

According to the Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department, gardening is allowed under the Governors “Shelter in Place Order” because it falls under “recreation.”

Assuring proper protocols are in place, our community gardens can be a safe, healthy place to practice social distancing.

Helena Community Gardens
Covid-19 Protocols

We are pleased that our Community Gardens will remain open during this unprecedented pandemic. We recognize our community garden plots can support community morale, health and well-being and nutrition. We are seeing requests for fee assistance for plots and we are prepared to support our gardening community wherever needed.

That said, in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 and keep our gardens and our gardeners safe, please follow these guidelines while in the garden:

  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Handle locks and gates appropriately, use gloves or wipe down with bleach wipe or bleach spray
  • Stay a minimum of 6 feet from your fellow gardeners
    • Some gardens may require you to schedule your visit to insure proper spacing
  • Wear gloves, especially when using shared tools, including wheelbarrows. You may also bring your own tools from home labeled with your name (please respect other people’s tools)
  • One gardener in the shed at a time
  • Consider installing a timer on your drip irrigation and using a mulching system to reduce the upkeep necessary on your plot
  • Follow the general CDC recommendations:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick (that includes the garden!).
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If the water is not on, please wash your hands at home and use gloves to protect yourself and the shared tools. Hand sanitizer is also a great idea!

Returning Gardener plots are now available
* Timeline to Reclaim Plot:  Before March 15, 2020   Returning Gardener Sign Ups Available Now!  Link Here

Payment and Agreement due for your plot:  ASAP
Note:  Applications received after March 15th will be added to the wait list and assigned on first come, first served basis. You will need to fill out a Garden Agreement (download pdf form here) (download google doc form here) for 2020, and payment is due in April. Payment and Agreement due for your plot:  ASAP

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

New Gardener Sign Ups Click here
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.

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

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