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Community Gardens

There are 3 community gardens locations and a learning garden in Santa Monica. Participation is open to Santa Monica residents, with applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Plots are assigned as they become available in the order in which applications are received. All gardeners must sign an annual licensing agreement and pay a licensing fee of $100 per calendar year (pro-rated by quarter). New gardeners receive an orientation session. Santa Monica residency required.

Please note: Demand for community garden plots far exceeds supply.  It may take years before you are assigned a plot.

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Locations

  • Main Street, between Strand & Hollister (73 plots)
  • Park Drive, between Santa Monica Blvd & Broadway (38 plots, including 1 accessible plot)
  • Euclid Park, 1525 Euclid Street (10 plots, including 2 accessible and 3 short-term plots)
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How to Apply

Proof of residency is required (drivers license or government-issued photo ID, and either a rental agreement, mortgage statement, or current utility bill).

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2018/19 Online Permit Portal for Santa Monica Community Gardens

NEW FOR JULY 2018: The City of Santa Monica Community Gardens is upgrading its system to an online portal called Santa Monica Citizens Access (Accela). There will be no change to your assigned garden plot or garden status. Utilizing the Santa Monica Citizen Access portal, community gardeners will be able to quickly make payments online, check the status and inspections of their plot, and/or update their information. Login information will be sent shortly after the plot is verified with current resident status for the 2018/19 year.  A video tutorial is available with instructions on how to use this new online system.

For any questions about Santa Monica Citizens Access or verifying a plot for the 2018/19 year, contact Silvia Quintana at gardens@smgov.net or 310-458-8300. 

For Current Community Gardeners

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Public Programs

Communal Garden Program Ishihara Park

Ishihara Park Learning Garden Work Days 

Mondays and Wednesdays | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Free

Come get your hands dirty in the Communal Garden Program at Ishihara Park Learning Garden, a communal spot to learn and acquire gardening skills. Seasoned as well as new gardeners of all ages are welcome. Drop in, no reservation needed.

Pancakes @ Ishihara Park  

         Select Saturdays | 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Free               

         2019 Dates: Feb. 16 | March 16 | April 20 | May 18 | June 15     

March 16th -  Cultivate your Inner Ground as Erica Cole leads us through a Guided Meditation and talk starting at 8 a.m.  Connecting with nature, especially in an urban setting, is important for a healthy body and soul.  As always, the garden gates will be open for tours, tasting, and of course our famous beet pancakes.  Come see what we’re about, get your hands dirty and go home with some fresh greens!

 See what’s been growing, talk to community gardeners about gardening tips and spend the day in Santa Monica’s newest park.

Breakfast in the Garden @ Main St. 

2nd Saturday Monthly | 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Free

2019 Dates: Feb. 9 | March 9 | April 13 | May 11 | June 8

March 9th -  Join us as Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd discusses Practical Pest Control for Small Space Gardens.  Gates will open at 9 a.m. so you can explore the gardens, grab a bagel and some coffee and meet some of the gardeners committed to this unique habitat in the Heart of Santa Monica.  Discussion begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Meeting Area.

Meet up with garden enthusiasts and take a peek at what’s growing at the Main St. Community Garden in this local monthly gathering. Potluck-style meeting while supplies last.

Grow LA Victory Garden @ Ishihara Park 

Select Sundays | 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. | $60 for series; Free for residents of Gandara Neighborhood

2019 Dates: March 31 | April 7 | April 14 

A partnership with the University of California Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener Program.

Programs Information, Dates and Times Subject to Change
    
About Gardening

Community Gardens

Community Recreation Division
ph: 310-458-8300
e: gardens@smgov.net

 

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