If you enjoy being outdoors in the sunshine, getting your hands dirty, and watching Mother Nature at work, gardening may be for you. It’s a fun and healthy activity for the entire family. The Metro District has three community gardens: The Corn Cob in Cheese Ranch Historic & Natural Area, The Potato Patch at Dad Clark Park, and Farmer’s Field just east of Foothills Park. These organic gardens have amended soil, a water source, and a fenced area to grow your favorite flowers and vegetables between May 1 and October 30 each year.
Community Garden Locations
- The Corn Cob at Cheese Ranch Historic & Natural Area – 32 garden plots
- The Potato Patch at Dad Clark Park – 20 garden plots
- Farmer’s Field at Foothills Park – 46 garden plots
How to Register for a Garden Plot
There are no more community garden plots available for the 2016 gardening season and the wait list is full.
If you’re interested in getting a garden plot for the 2017 season, mark your calendar for Jan. 1 to call the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Service Center at 303-791-2710. Even though the office is closed Jan. 1, leave a voicemail with your name, daytime phone number and ask to be added to the 2016 waiting list. Names are added in the order received.
Garden plots are first offered to the previous year’s gardeners. Remaining plots are promoted in the Metro District Messenger magazine and through local media outlets. A waiting list starts Jan. 1, and plots are allocated after March 1.
Gardeners are required to pay a seasonal fee of $45 for residents or $52 for nonresidents. Gardeners must sign a community garden agreement that details the program and releases the Metro District from claims or liabilities related to gardening activities.
In some instances, the seasonal fee will be waived. Organizations such as schools, churches and other non-profit agencies wishing to garden for the purpose of enhancing education and/or donating crops to food banks, may be granted a garden plot at no charge.
For more information about community gardens in Highlands Ranch or to be placed on a waiting list beginning January 1, please call Judy Brandmeyer at 720-240-5909.