Urban living provides an unparalleled lifestyle–amazing walkability, strong community, and vibrant energy at every turn. But, if you live in a charming Denver townhome or a modern Mile High City condo, you may be sans garden. What do you do?
The answer is simple; join a community garden! With community gardens in nearly every Denver neighborhood, you can exercise your green thumb, get to know your neighbors, and give back to the community. And to top it all off, community gardens have been shown to encourage healthy eating, fight childhood obesity, increase physical activity for those involved. It also helps promote relaxation, and, of course, build a sense of community.
Here are the best community gardens in Denver:
West Washington Park Community Garden
201 Grant Street
Located in the Speer neighborhood, this garden hosts public events throughout the year and engages in a garden-wide food donation system for the city of Denver.
Ruby Hill Park Community Garden
W Florida Avenue & S Platte River Dive
The Ruby Hill Park Community Garden places a strong focus on gardening education, with experienced gardeners offering their advice every Thursday! And to top it all off, they donate all surplus produce to Zuni Food Bank.
Globeville Community Garden
5075 Lincoln St.
Displaying mosaic signs and bench artwork, The Globeville Community Garden offers a sense of playfulness and joy. More importantly, youth leaders from the Division of Youth Corrections utilize the garden as an enriching experience for the children they work with through regular gardening and other learning opportunities.
36th & Lafayette Community Garden
3600 Lafayette Street
Situated in Denver’s Cole neighborhood, this garden is run by local families. Stop by to catch a glimpse of little ones pulling weeds or planting seeds!
El Oasis Community Garden
1847 W. 35th Ave
Established in 1989 and situated in the popular Highland neighborhood, El Oasis is one of the oldest gardens in Denver. Participating gardeners select local food charities for produce distribution.
Baker Community Garden
75 West Bayaud
The Baker Community Garden was designed in the style of an English garden and donates food yearly to the Samaritan Shelter, as well as to local families in need.
This list is simply a small sampling of some of the amazing community gardens in Denver neighborhoods–your neighborhood likely has one too! Interested in getting involved with a community garden? Contact Denver Urban Gardens to learn more.
Now, if you do have a garden of your own that needs help tending to, visit our Denver lawn care page to find a local pro near you.