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Community Gardens

What is a community garden?

A community garden is any piece of land gardened by a group of people, utilizing either individual or shared plots on private or public land. The land may produce fruit, vegetables, and/or ornamentals. Community gardens may be found in neighborhoods, schools, connected to institutions such as hospitals, and on residential housing grounds.

Community and School Garden Managers working together at Falkirk Greenhouse. Photo: Phil HInderberger
Community and School Garden Managers working together at Falkirk Greenhouse. Photo: Phil HInderberger

Types of Gardens

Did you know Marin County has an estimated 86 community gardens? Among these gardens there are five distinct varieties in which community can participate.

The Golden Gate Village Community Garden, Marin City
The Golden Gate Village Community Garden, Marin City
Neighborhood gardens may be what people typically think of when they hear the name community garden. This type of garden is normally defined as a garden where a group of people come together to grow fruits, vegetables and ornamentals. They are identifiable as a parcel of private or public land where individual plots are rented by gardeners at a nominal annual fee. Currenly Marin County has eight such gardens fitting this description.

Residential Gardens are typically shared among residents in apartment communities, assisted living, and affordable housing  units. These gardens are mainly cared for by residents living on the grounds. There are an estimated seven residential gardens in Marin, with more in the planning stages.

Institutional Gardens are defined as gardens attached to either public or private organizations. These gardens offer a number of beneficial services for residents, ranging from mental or physical rehabilitation and therapy to teaching a set of skills for job placement. There are three known institutional gardens in Marin fitting this description.

Demonstration Gardens are used in educational and recreational settings. Oftentimes short seminars and presentations about gardening will be hosted at any of the five gardens located around the county. Other gardens will offer tours of their native species, such as Falkirk's Mediterranean Gardens.

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Children’s Container gardens: Summer Project, Marin City
Children’s Container gardens: Summer Project, Marin City

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