Peppers grow at local community garden

Get the 411 on community gardens

What is community gardening?

Community gardening is just that: a community coming together to garden. If you have no yard or a small yard, or if you simply want to hang out with fellow gardeners, this is the place for you. Consider getting your hands dirty at the Heritage Community Garden or the Southwestern University Community Garden. You can plant whatever you want—flowers, fruits, herbs, or vegetables. You’re limited only by your imagination (and the central Texas climate)!


Get wholesome, outdoor exercise with like-minded, green-thumbed people who literally enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. Both gardens donate a percentage of their crops to local charities, but the rest of what you grow, you can keep for yourself!

What do you need?

You don’t have to run out and buy farming tools and a pair of overalls, although you will need your own seeds at Heritage Community Garden. For a $25 annual plot “adoption” fee, Heritage Community Garden provides gardening tools and water and offers gardening classes and monthly gardeners’ meetings.

Volunteers and visitors are always welcome at Southwestern Community Garden. It’s not just for students! Southwestern wants to engage outdoor enthusiasts of all interests. Pitch in with the garden or participate in an outdoor yoga or meditation class.

Get involved

Community gardening has no age restrictions or limits. It’s fun for the whole family!

Learn more about Heritage Community Garden at or contact Natalie Vreeland at

Volunteer at Southwestern Community Garden at or contact Sam Guess at

Or look for a community garden in your neighborhood!

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