RULES AND REGULATIONS
Please read carefully. Your License Agreement obligates you to abide by these Rules and Regulations.
The Community Gardens Advisory Committee serves in an
advisory role to assist with the operations of the gardens. The
Garden plots may be reserved under a License Agreement for a period of up to twelve (12) months at an annual fee established by the City, commencing on January 1st of each year or as a plot becomes available throughout the year. All License Agreements expire on December 31st.
Plots are available to
Commercial use of plots is not allowed.
Gardening hours are from sunrise to sunset.
No licensee shall enter a garden plot, other than his/her own, without that licensee’s permission.
Licensee may not assign his or her garden plot to another individual. Doing so will result in immediate loss of license for that plot.
A license agreement will be entered into between the licensee and the City.
2. A gardening plot license will be issued to
a. The 1st 23 gardeners randomly drawn may renew their license agreement for 9 additional years.
b. The next 23 gardeners randomly drawn may renew their license agreement for 8 years.
c. The remaining original gardeners may renew their license agreement for 7 years.
During calendar year 2006, the Advisory Committee will work with City staff to determine guidelines which will allow for a reasonable number of plots to be divided in half as they are vacated, or at the request of current gardeners, in an effort to enable gardening by persons desiring smaller sized plots.
3. The structure of the pathways and exterior perimeter fences will be maintained by
4. City will conduct inspections and issue non-compliance notices to gardeners not properly maintaining their gardens.
1. Licensees may not apply any materials or substances to the pathways without City approval.
3. At least one person named on the license agreement must be present when gardening is occurring. Persons named on the license agreement must perform the majority of work except during vacation or short term illness for which the licensee must notify the City. Licensees may name one person not living with them on the license agreement as a Gardening Assistant.
4. Each licensee will provide his/her own tools, supplies, seeds, etc.
5. New licensees must have their plots cleared and cultivation started within one month of the plot assignment.
6. Invasive plants, weeds and grass, including but not limited to: morning glory, palm, bamboo, kudzu vine, mallow, horsetail, false garlic must be removed.
7. The following guidelines must be observed in order to protect the open space and access to sunshine:
a. All growth and property must remain within plot boundaries. All vegetation, structures, frames, etc., must not shade other gardens.
b. Plants that create thickets, such as bougainvillea must be trimmed and thinned regularly to allow sun flow and prevent shading.
c. No trees of any size may be planted in the ground. Dwarf trees, less than five (5) feet in height, are allowed if contained in a pot above ground.
d. Stagnant water is not allowed. Ponds must have mosquito fish or some form of mosquito preventative. Garden furniture is restricted to two (2) chairs, one (1) table (not larger than four (4) feet round or square, one (1) umbrella, and one (1) eight (8) foot bench.
f. Plant growth on fences, interior and exterior must not extend through or over the fence onto public access areas or neighboring plots. Trimming on the exterior of fences is the responsibility of the licensee.
g. Licensee shall make a best effort not to create habitats which attract rodents.
8. Only materials needed for gardening may be stored in the plot. All storage must be orderly.
9. No fertilizer may be used that in any way detrimentally affects adjacent gardens. No herbicides may be used. Only botanical insecticides may be used.
10. No animals are permitted off-leash in the garden area. No licensee may allow her/his animal to enter into another licensee’s plot without his/her permission.
11. All gate keys are the property of the City of
12. Repeated violations of these Rules and Regulations will result in termination of the privilege to retain a garden plot.
a. City staff will conduct inspections at least once per month and notify gardeners in writing of rule violations. Violations must be corrected within three weeks of the date of notification. If the violation is not corrected within three weeks, another violation notice will be issued. A maximum of three violation notices will be allowed within twelve consecutive months. If a fourth violation occurs within the 12 month period, the license will be terminated and the gardener will have 14 days to clear and vacate the plot. Any plants, supplies or other materials left in the plot after the expiration of that period will become the property of the City.
b. Three volunteer gardeners approved by attendees at a noticed Advisory Committee meeting shall walk the gardens on an every other week basis (no less than once/month) to identify situations where the Rules and Regulations are not being followed. A report of the findings will be provided to City staff within three days to aid City staff in conducting inspections. The volunteer gardeners performing this function will rotate every 6 months.
The Community Gardens Advisory Committee has been
established to insure the proper operation of the
For information on the Committee meetings contact the