Rochester Community Garden

community garden

The Rochester Community Garden is located in Scott Street Park on Woodward in Rochester, adjacent to Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and the Public Works Facility.

The garden, which was a 2010 project by the City Beautiful Commission, was designed to allow apartment dwellers, seniors and residents with undesirable yards to lease a plot of land for growing fruits and vegetables in a community setting.

The first phase of the plan created a 70-by-100-foot area of the park and includes 14 raised planting beds. Each 4-by-25-foot bed has three separate garden plots, which are approximately 4-by-8-feet each. Phase One included 42 garden plots, which residents leased for $30 a year ($35 for nonresidents). In Phase Two, the community garden will include another 21 to 28 more garden plots along with a children's garden.  The committee created guidelines for what may be planted and how the gardens should be taken care of; there are no chemicals allowed to be used in the planting or maintenance of the gardens. Gardeners are also encouraged to dedicate part of their garden to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House community food bank or help maintain the food bank's part of the garden. 

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and the Garden Advisory Committee help manage the garden and keep residents up to date on its progress. If you are interested in receiving updates on the garden, click here or visit or if you are interested in an starting a plot next year click here for the guidelines and click here for the application.