3 community gardens in Louisville, KY

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The Shelby Park Community Garden on St. Catherine St. | Photo by Shelby Park Community Garden

Now that spring has sprung, we’re here to herb your enthusiasm with a roundup of community gardens to cultivate your green thumb.

Whether you’re looking to work with a group and share the fruit or solo grow your harvest, these local spots are tilled and ready to turnip this growing season. 🍅

Many community gardens offer seed share programs and community shared tool sheds, but check with each garden for specifics.

Shelby Park Community Garden, 545 E. St. Catherine St.

Founded in 2012 by the Goss Family with help from the Sojourn Church, this garden grows thanks to Louisvillian Ray Brown who has allowed the community to practice their green thumbs on his private property. Several bed sizes are available.

  • Season: Feb.-Nov.
  • Cost: Community beds are free; Private beds $10+
  • Getting started: Sign-up here

Blackacre Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead, 3200 Tucker Station Rd.

With 300+ plots ranging from a single row to a full 30-sqft plot, gardening pros and novices can get their hands dirty all year-long or during a single season. This garden offers organic options, equipment rental + access to the Blackacre Conservancy YouTube channel with gardening tips.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: $15+
  • Getting started: Sign-up here

The Garden Commons, Corner of Stickler Hall on UofL campus, 2010 S. Avery Ct.

Created in 2010 in partnership with Louisville Grows, this collaborative garden on campus is open to anyone interested in learning more about sustainability + growing food. Anyone who participates can share in the harvest.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Cost: Free
  • Getting started: Learn more here

Bonus blooms: Use this interactive map to find more community gardens in your neighborhood.

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