Arlington’s interest in gardening has taken root! Over the last few years, the number of people wanting a community garden plot in Arlington has more than doubled. And the numbers of participants in the County’s gardening and horticulture classes has blossomed as well.
There are currently seven community gardens in Arlington. These gardens are run on a daily basis by the individual associations with their own set of bylaws — although County rules and regulations must be observed. Each association has a chief gardener who serves as the point of contact with the County. You can also start your own community garden.
The County is working hard to find ways to help more people get involved. The community garden on South Four Mile Run has recently been expanded by 42 plots. In addition to the new plots at the Four Mile Run Garden, the recent land purchase on S. Arlington Mill Road will allow the expansion of gardens at the Lang Street Garden. The County is also sub-dividing plots when they turn over to new gardeners to allow more people to get digging. “We’ve found that 10 x 20 foot gardens are a great size for our community,” said Kim Haun, the County’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator.
To learn more about community gardens, visit https://environment.arlingtonva.us/gardens/community-gardens/.