Lexington offers two community garden sites on conservation land for growing organic vegetables, fruits, berries, and flowers.
Idylwilde Community Garden
Located at Idylwilde conservation area between Middle and Lincoln Streets (larger map). Idylwilde offers full plots (20' x 20') and half plots (20' x 10') with perennial strips, pre-season plowing, perimeter fencing, full sun, and water service. Idylwilde was relocated and refurbished in 2011.
Current plot fees (subject to change):
- $50/full plot
- $25/half plot
Community garden coordinator: Marion Krupka
Dunback Meadow Community Garden
Located at Dunback Meadow conservation area (near the Allen Street entrance) (larger map). Dunback offers approximately 20' x 20' plots with water service but does not offer pre-season plowing or perimeter fencing (although most of the plots have individual fencing).
Current plot fees (subject to change): $20/plot
Community garden coordinator: Alex Bartsch
Community Garden Registration Information
There will be no new gardeners accepted at Dunback Meadow for 2018.
Returning Gardeners are given priority to reclaim their plot from the previous season. The request deadline for returning gardeners is Friday March 16, 2018. Returning gardeners will receive registration materials in the mail during the first week of March.
Plot requests for New Gardeners at Idylwilde will be taken through an online registration system starting Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM on a first-come, first-served basis. To register as a new gardener, please visit the Lexington Recreation and Community Programs online registration system.
Important documents for returning gardeners:
- Garden Registration Letter
- Garden Registration Form
- Community Garden Policies
- Community Garden Policies in Mandarin
Garden Registration Notification Email List
If you would like to be notified when the next garden registration opens, email the Conservation Division to have your name added to the email list. Please include:
- your name
- email address
- telephone number
DUNBACK MEADOW COMMUNITY GARDENS RELOCATION PROJECT UPDATE:
The Dunback Meadow Community Gardens will be closing at the end of the 2018 gardening season. The Lexington Conservation Commission voted in 2016 to close the gardens for the purpose of mitigating adverse impacts to the surrounding wetland habitat and to improve access and gardening conditions for the community. The gardens are being relocated to the existing Idylwilde Community Gardens site.
Updated Timeline and Process:
Fall 2016: Idylwilde Community Garden Expansion Area plowed
Spring-Fall 2017: Idylwilde Community Garden Expansion Area tilled and seeded with cover crop to suppress poison ivy and other woody growth. Perimeter fencing will be installed at this time.
Spring 2018: Idylwilde Community Garden Expansion Area opens. Current Dunback Meadow gardeners will receive plot assignments ahead of the public registration process
Fall 2018: Dunback Meadow Community Gardens closes