Community Garden Types

Draft 1.0 – 9/12/2020


One of the objectives of Gardenview™ is to help educate and inform the public about community garden spaces. To that end we will be writing a series of articles starting with this one which will describe the different community garden types.

Plot Gardens (upsides / downsides)(rewards / challenges)

The garden is divided into plots for individual gardeners.

Cooperative Gardens

In contrast to plot gardens, communal gardens are more focused on growing larger patches of produce where participants work together to manage the space as one large garden.

Youth Gardens

Typically youth gardens are installed on school grounds to create a hands-on setting that supports active participation in research and discovery.

Entrepreneurial Market Gardens

Similar to youth gardens, but open to all ages, entrepreneurial market gardens seek to create a learning environment where skills are taught about food production, marketing, and accounting.

Therapeutic Gardens

These types of gardens focus on participant’s social, educational, psychological, and physical well-being. An argument could be made that ALL garden types fit this type. : )

Demonstration Gardens

These gardens are typically established for educational and recreational purposes. These types of gardens may showcase native plantings, xeriscaping, landscape or other gardening techniques for public education and benefit.

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