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Community Gardens Program

About the Community Gardens Program
Plot Renewal Information
New Application Information
Application Documents and Contact Info
Community Garden Locations
Conditions of Use


WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THE ACTIVE MONTGOMERY REGISTRATION SYSTEM AND IT HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN. WE ARE WORKING ON THE PROBLEM AND WILL RESTORE THE SERVICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. There are a small number of plots left, and you may apply for a plot by going to the Application Documents and Contact Info section. Updated February 16, 2016.

Bradley,Briggs Chaney, Fenton, Gaynor, King, Sligo, Long Branch, Parklawn, Rocking Horse, and South Germantown Community Gardens are now full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list for any of these gardens, please scroll down to the section called 2016 Waiting list for directions. Container gardening areas are still availabe at Maple Ave.

We will begin accepting new applications for Community Garden Plots on Monday February 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM. If you are applying online, please be aware that if you have Active Montgomery open on your computer when the the plot lists are "turned on" you may need to refresh the page before you can see the updated page and apply for a plot. Please read all the information on this page before beginning your application, especially the Conditions of Use which describe the garden rules you are expected to follow when you rent a garden plot. You will need to go to Active Montgomery to set up an account to register for a garden plot. Please note Active Montgomery replaces the old Park Pass system, and you cannot apply for a plot using the old system.

You will find a link to setting up an Active Montgomery account in the New Applications section below. The email address you use for your Active Montgomery account should be one that you use regularly and please use that same address on your application for a community garden plot.

Special Note: If you apply for a garden plot using the online system, please select the tab that says QUICK RESERVE which will take you to the Community Garden application area. YOU MUST enter 30 June 2016 using the pull down menu in the box as the date selection. The system will not accept your application with any other date. Please note that you will not be able to see which plots are available until 7:00 AM on February 1.

Once you receive confirmation that your application has been accepted and you have a Park Permit, you will be able to begin using your garden plot. The confirmation email will be sent by Active Please be sure to add this address to your contacts list when you apply so that the message is not sent to junk or spam.


Garden Plots for 2016: The price of each garden plot is based on size. You will find the plot sizes on the application form. For 2016 the plot prices are as follows:

200 sq feet $45
300 sq feet $55
400 sq feet $65
625 sq feet $85
Containers $25


Garden Plots for 2016:

Current plot holders may begin renewal of their plots starting December 1, 2015. All renewals must be received by January 15, 2016. Any plot that is not renewed by that date will become available for rental by new applicants beginning February 1, 2016. All renewals must be done by e-mail, mail, fax, or in person. Online applications are not available for people renewing their plots. Please note: You have not successfully renewed your plot until you receive your a confirmation email from ActiveMontgomery and the Park Permits Office. You should check you spam or junk mail folder for this message especially if your security settings block new email addresses. If you do not receive this confirmation by January 15, 2016, please contact Park Permits at

New applications for Community Garden plots will be accepted beginning February 1, 2016. No applications will be accepted or processed prior to that date. In order to rent a plot, you must be a resident of Montgomery County and create a FREE ActiveMontgomery Account. Creating an ActiveMontgomery Account prior to the application date will expedite the rental process. To provide gardening opportunities for as many people as possible, garden plots will be limited to one-person-one-plot. Each new applicant may rent only one plot. For information on how to create an ActiveMontgomery Account, please click on the link below:

UPDATE - Regarding Waiting Lists:

All waiting lists are annual, and the current lists expire on December 1 each year. If you are on a waiting list for the current year and did not receive a plot, YOU SHOULD APPLY FOR A PLOT for the upcoming gardening season. Applications for the next growing season will be accepted beginning the FIRST MONDAY of FEBRUARY. Applications will not be accepted prior to that date. Waiting lists will become active as each garden is filled. You may not be added to next year's waiting list until the garden is filled in the Spring.

2016 Waiting Lists:

When each Community Garden is filled for the season, we will create a waiting list for that garden. If you are unable to rent a plot at the garden of your choice in 2016, you may request that your name be added to the waiting list for that gardene. Please send an e-mail to the Community Garden Coordinator, and include "Waiting List and the Name of the Garden" in the subject line of your e-mail Please include a daytime phone number in the body of the e-mail You will receive a return e-mail that confirms you have been added to the list. You may be added to more than one waiting list.

Please note that the new waiting list will be for the 2016 gardening season ONLY. We DO NOT carry the list from year to year. Each year the waiting list expires on December 1.

About the Community Gardens:

Montgomery Parks community gardens program offers Montgomery County residents the opportunity to use public space and water to garden an individual plot(s) at low cost. Join over 600 gardeners, who garden plots in one of our 11 locations, located all over Montgomery County. As the program grows and neighbors come together, Montgomery Parks will respond by increasing community garden spaces as we are able.

Our community gardeners grow much more than vegetables and flowers. In partnership with Parks, we make positive environmental, economic, and aesthetic impacts on daily lives. Join us and transform strangers into friends and neighborhoods into communities.


Garden plots are rented on an annual basis, and the cost varies depending on the size of the plot.  The most common plot sizes are 200 and 400 square feet respectively. Please review the Community Garden Locations section to learn the size plots at each garden. Please note all sizes are approximate. Please note the price of the size plot you wish to rent. Prices do not appear on the application form.

For the 2016 gardening season, the price of the garden plots is as follows:

200 sq feet $45
300 sq feet $55
400 sq feet $65
625 sq feet $85
Containers $25


All gardens except the Maple Avenue Container Garden, have water available on site. Most gardens have water tanks called cisterns for this purpose. The gardeners work together to fill the cisterns with water the nearby WSSC fire hydrants. The gardeners use water meters that Parks rents from WSSC. The cost of water is included in the rental fee. Water is available from early April until October each year. The Maple Avenue containers have water reservoirs and are filled 3 times per season by Parks staff.


All gardens except the Maple Avenue site are enclosed with deer fencing. The fencing ranges from 7 to 10 feet in height. Some gardens also have underground fencing to deter burrowing animals. Unfortunately, it is not possible to exclude all animal pests from the gardens. Most gardens have gates with combination locks, and only people with plots are given the combinations. When you rent a plot, you will receive a permit for your garden plot as well as the combination for the garden gate/s. There is one combination for all of the locks at each garden.

Expectations of Gardeners:

In addition to paying the rental fee for an individual plot, gardeners are joining a community of gardeners and are expected to join the listserv for their garden. As part of that Community, gardeners are expected to observe the rules governing the garden and be active participants in the community. They will participate in community work days and keep the communal areas of the garden weeded and chipped. Gardeners also perform a variety of community garden maintenance tasks as directed by the Parks Volunteer Garden Liaisons in each garden. Each gardener is expected to contribute 8 service hours annually.

Gardening Resources and Information:

Whether you are a newcomer to gardening or an experienced gardener, there are resources available to answer questions, introduce you to new gardening techniques, and much more. The University of Maryland Extension offers a wide variety of services to Community Gardeners. The program called Grow It Eat It (GIEI) has a website devoted to food gardening that can provide information about the best crops to plant in our area and when to plant them, common vegetable pests and how to control them organically, advice about improving your soil, and much more. GIEI sponsors vegetable gardening classes and other education events to learn more please e-mail for more details.

Here is a short video about the Montgomery Parks Community Gardens. Check it out!

Plot Renewal Information

Returning gardeners (those who had a community garden plot in 2015) may apply to renew their existing plots from December 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016. If a renewal application is not received by the closing date, the current plot holder will lose the plot/s and those plots will became available for rental to new gardeners. Please note you will receive a confirmation e-mail from IF you have successfully renewed your plot. If you do not receive this message by January 15, 2015, you have not renewed your plot. Please contact if you do not receive this confirmation.

To apply, please submit a completed application form by mail, in person, by fax, or by e-mail. Online renewals are NOT available. You must choose another way to renew.

Please download a copy of the Application Form (2016) for renewals.

All plot holders must agree to the 2016 garden rules known as Community Gardens Conditions of Use. This link will take you to the 2016 Conditions of Use. Please review these garden rules carefully. All gardeners are expected to know these rules and follow them. Failure to follow the rules set out in the Conditions of Use will result in the loss of your plot and rental fee. Failure to read the Conditions of Use is not an acceptable excuse for not following the rules.

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New Application Information

New applications for plots will be accepted beginning February 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM for all available plots. No applications will be processed prior to that date.

New users can apply for available plots beginning February 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM. In order to rent a plot, you must be a resident of Montgomery County and create a FREE ActiveMontgomery Account. To provide gardening opportunities for more people, garden plot rentals will be limited to one-person-one-plot. Each new applicant may rent only one plot. For information on how to create an Active Montgomery, please click on the link below:

To apply, please submit a completed application form by mail, in person, by fax, by e-mail or online. Follow this link to obtain the numbers and addresses, More Info.

The rules for having a plot in Montgomery Parks Community Gardens are found in the Conditions of Use document. These rules are part of the agreement you sign when you rent your plot. Please review them carefully because gardeners are required to know and follow these rules. Failure to follow the rules will result in the loss of the plot and the rental fee. Go to the this link to review the garden rules.

When you rent a plot, all gardeners agree to abide by the 2016 Community Gardens Conditions of Use.

Application Document and Contact Info

To apply, please submit a completed application form in one of the following ways:

  • Apply Online at NOTE: the online option is ONLY for open enrollment and does not apply to historic plot renewal. See online booking instructions below.
  • In Person: stop by our Park Permit Office at 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. 20901 Operating hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • By Mail to the address above
  • By Fax to 301-495-2484
  • E-mail a scanned copy to Please include Community Gardens in the Subject Line.

All plot holders must agree to the 2016 Community Gardens Conditions of Use. Please note that gardeners must abide by these rules in order to be a Community Gardener in good standing.

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Current Community Gardens Locations

Please note that all plot measurements are approximate. There will be slight variations from plot to plot and from garden to garden. Click on the garden name in green to see a map of the plots.

  • Bradley Park Community Garden Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    8701 Hartsdale Ave., Bethesda Maryland 20817
    This garden offers 21 plots which are approximately 200 square feet each.
    Water and deer fencing are available.
  • Briggs Chaney Community Garden Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    2161 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20905
    Offers 118 plots. Most plots are 625 square feet. A few smaller plots are available.
    Water, deer fencing, and seating are available.
  • Gaynor Road Community Garden Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    4601 Gaynor Road, Rockville, MD 20852
    Offers 27 plots. 4 plots are 300 square feet. The other 23 plots are 400 square feet.
    Water and deer fencing are available.
  • Fenton Street Local Park Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    7904 Fenton St., Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Offers 42 plots. Plots are either 200 or 400 square feet.
    Water and deer fencing are available.
  • King Street Park Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    7980 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Offers 27 plots. Each plot is 200 square feet.
    Water and deer fencing are available.
  • Long Branch Community Recreation Center Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    8700 Piney Branch Rd Silver Spring MD 20901
    The garden is located on the upper field behind the Piney Branch Community Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.Recreation Center. Offers 16 plots. All plots are 200 square feet.
    Water and Deer Fencing are available.
  • Maple Avenue
    7620 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
    The  garden is not on park land. It runs along Maple Ave in Takoma Park and is an above ground container garden on an apartment parking lot.  Each container is 2 ft. x 6 ft. and has a water reserve so they are self-wicking.  Container water reserves are filled 3 times a year by park staff.
  • Parklawn Community Garden Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    12718 Viers Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20853
    Offers 40 plots. Each plot is 400 square feet.
    Water, fencing, shelter and playground are available.
  • Rocking Horse Center Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    4920 Macon Rd, Rockville MD 20852
    This garden is not on Park land, but on a MCPS property. Offers 60 plots as a partnership between MCPS and Parks. Each plot is either 200 or 400 square feet.
    Water, seating and deer fencing are available.
  • Sligo Mill Overlook Community Garden Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
  • 6400 Orchard Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
  • Please note the plot map has not yet been updated. Plots 26-33 are no longer available for rental.
  • .Offers 26 plots. Most plots are 200 square feet.
  • Water, deer fencing, and picnic table are available.

    PLEASE NOTE: This Park is expected to be undergoing garden renovation and the installation of a playground during 2016.

  • South Germantown Recreational Park Full for 2016. Please see 2016 Waiting List Information Above.
    18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds MD 20841
    Offers 72 plots. There are 50 plots at 400 square feet each and 22 plots at 200 square feet each. Water and deer fencing are available.

For further information about the program, guidelines and locations, please contact Patricia Lynch at For information about booking a plot please contact ParkPASS below.

Conditions of Use

All plot holders must agree to abide by the 2016 Conditions of Use. Failure to follow these rules will result in the loss of the plot and rental fee. The Conditions are listed below and you may wish to print a copy here.

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery Parks Community Gardens
Conditions of Use 2016
Administrative Rules

1. M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks plots are rented “as is” (current condition). Montgomery Parks does not perform annual tilling.

2. All plots are the property of Montgomery Parks, and are not transferable. Fees will not be refunded or pro-rated. Plots that are given up or are revoked for cause will be returned to Parks for re-assignment. Gardeners may not give or offer their plot to others.

3. Gardeners must maintain a current email address and phone number on file with Parks. Changes should be sent to the Community Garden Coordinator,

4. To receive important information and updates, gardeners are required to become members of the Yahoo electronic list for the garden where they rent a plot. If gardeners do not have an email address, they must make arrangements to check the website on a regular basis. The list for your garden will be sent with the confirmation of the plot rental, and will include directions for joining the list.

Gardening Rules

5. All gardens are subject to regular inspections. Failure to abide by any of the rules set out in the Conditions of Use will result in the loss of your plot. If a garden plot is not in compliance with the Conditions of Use, notifications will be sent by email. A follow-up inspection will be performed 2 weeks after the email notice. If the plot is still not in compliance, it will be revoked and returned to Parks for re-assignment. All fees will be forfeited.

6. Gardeners are required to help with community garden by contributing 8 hours of Community Garden service each year. Chores that meet the requirement include community work days, filling the water tanks, weeding and chipping common areas, fence lines, and paths, keeping the garden trash-free, organizing garden events, helping with other’s plots when needed, etc. Garden Liaisons are authorized to identify tasks that meet the service hour requirement. Please consult them to learn how you can help maintain the garden and meet the service requirement.

7. Wood chips provided by Parks will be delivered to each garden. Volunteer garden liaisons will request supplies on behalf of the community gardens. Compost is provided by Parks when it is available, and is not a regular service of the program.

8. Gardeners are required to maintain their plots, paths, and the fence lines at all times. This means you must work in your plot at least once every week. All gardeners are responsible for weeding, cultivating, watering, and harvesting. If you are away or not able to keep up with maintenance tasks, please notify your garden liaison and arrange for someone to maintain the garden plot in your absence.

9. Garden paths and fence lines are maintained by the gardeners and must be kept weeded, chipped, and open—no tools, wheel barrows, or garden debris may be left on the garden paths. Gardeners are responsible for keeping garden gates closed and locked.

10. By April 1, gardeners must begin work on their plots including weeding, soil amendment, and cultivation. By June 1, gardeners must have planted seeds, seedlings, or transplants in their plots. By November 1, gardeners must remove dead plants and summer garden debris from plots.

11. Organic practices are required in all parts of the community garden. Garden pests and plant diseases can be especially serious in the community garden. Only organic methods such as handpicking bugs, using row covers, and applying pesticides labeled as OMRI-listed or organic can be used in the community garden. The garden liaison volunteer(s) in each garden, or the Community Garden Coordinator can help you locate information about controlling pests, and treating and/or removing diseased plants.

12. To reduce weeds and pests, improve the soil, and maintain the garden’s appearance, mulch is strongly recommended. Gardeners are encouraged to use materials such as aged compost, composted manure, leaves, straw, burlap, weed cloth, layers of newspaper, or plastic (away from lawn areas) to protect the soil and reduce weeds. Carpet, stone, and sod mulch are not allowed.

13. Gardeners are encouraged to plant fall and winter crops if they wish. If not, they should take steps to protect the soil by planting cover crops or covering their plots with barriers to reduce winter weeds. Acceptable barriers include: newspaper (non-shiny parts) covered with mulch/ compost, burlap bags, weed cloth, plastic covering or tarps.

14. Invasive plants are not allowed in the garden. Information about invasive plants in Maryland can be found at Aggressive plants like mint, lemon balm, and similar plants must be grown in above ground containers, and must not be allowed to establish themselves in the ground.

15. Gardeners MAY NOT shade other plots with plants or plant structures. Tall plants should only be planted in the center of the plot or where they will not shade neighboring plots. Plants or structures that do not meet this standard will be removed.

16. If application of chemicals is necessary in or around the garden, Montgomery Parks is responsible for notifying gardeners at least 48 hours in advance. Chemicals will be applied in accordance with Maryland Department of Agriculture guidelines by certified/registered applicators and, for health and safety reasons, may result in the temporary closure of the entire garden.

17. Water conservation must be practiced at all times. Please concentrate on watering roots rather than other parts of the plants. Gardeners must be present when watering. Do NOT leave water running unattended. Watering by hose connection to the water tanks is limited to 15 minutes at a time, especially when others are waiting to water.
18. Open containers of water are a health hazard and are not allowed. If you store water in your plot, containers must be kept covered and sealed tightly when not in use. Uncovered water will be dumped out.

Fencing, Stakes, and Structure Rules

19. Plot markers must be upright and visible at all times. Gardeners shall not relocate any plot markers. Plot markers are not to be used as fencing material, plant structures, or watering can holders. Please remember all plot sizes are approximate and variation in size and shape from plot to plot within each garden is normal.

20. Encroachment into paths or other garden plots is not permitted. Obstacles left in the paths will be removed.

21. No structures of any kind may be built without written approval by Montgomery Parks. Structure requests should be directed the Garden Coordinator, The deer fence may not be used as a trellis or plant support, and should be kept free of weeds. Plants attached to the deer fence should be removed immediately.

22. Fences up to 3 feet high may be installed in your garden inside the plot boundaries. The materials must be neutral in color (black, grey, green, silver are okay, red, yellow, orange are not), and must not create tripping or other safety hazards. They must be kept weeded at all times. Parks reserves the right to remove fences that are unsightly or negatively affect gardeners or other plots. Removal will be at the gardener’s expense. Requests for higher fences should be sent to the Community Garden Coordinator, and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Getting Along and Courtesy in the Gardens

23. Pets are not allowed within the community garden fence.

24. Littering and dumping are forbidden. Community Gardens are trash free, carry-in and carry-out facilities. Only plant waste is allowed in the garden debris areas. No burlap, plastic, or paper materials are allowed in the debris pile. Non-plant materials left in the plant debris area can result in suspension of compost deliveries. All trash must be removed from the site and disposed of by the members of the garden.

25. Gardeners are not allowed to trap animals (ground hogs, raccoons, rabbits, etc.) in the Community Gardens at any time.

26. All personal tools, wheelbarrows, and hoses should be marked with the plot number and the plot holders initials. Gardeners are not permitted to borrow or move tools, wheel barrows, etc. without permission of the owner. Gardeners should not enter others' plots without specific permission. All borrowed items must be returned in the same condition as borrowed or be replaced.

27. Children are welcome in the garden, but must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

28. The community gardens are alcohol and smoke-free areas. Loud radios and/or music are not allowed.

29. All general parks rules apply to the Community Gardens, see

30. Conditions of Use and Garden Rules are subject to annual review and revision.


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Date of last update: December 1, 2015