Community Gardens at Hoffman Park
If your yard is too small or shady or if you are unable to garden where you live, the Hoffman Park Community Gardens is the perfect place to grow your own vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, and flowers. Rent a 20 x 30 foot plot and enjoy the fresh outdoors, garden next to neighbors, and take home a bountiful harvest for yourself or your family.
The Community Gardens are located at Hoffman Park on West Main Street. From Route 14 head south on Cary-Algonquin Road to West Main Street. Then turn west on West Main Street. Follow West Main Street until it ends at the parking lot access point.
The park is open from dawn to dusk.
Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To rent, please complete a registration form found on our forms page and return it with payment to the Community Center. Renters will be notified of their plot number and additional information.
- Resident: $60
- Resident Senior: $51
- Non-Resident: $90
- Non-Resident Senior: $77
Water is supplied from a hand pump well. There is not a hose or hose hook up provided on site. Garden tenders will need to bring their own bucket or watering can and may fill up their buckets or cans from the pump to water their garden plot. Renters will receive a key that can be used to access the hand pump.
Guidelines for Use
- Garden plots may not be planted with illegal or banned plants. Tall crops should be planted in a manner to prevent the shading of other plots.
- Gardeners may use only Park District approved stakes, fencing, or trellises.
- Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their garden plot. Watering, weeding, harvesting, removing trash, and any other garden-related maintenance are the responsibility of the gardener. Weeds should not be allowed to grow higher than 12 inches. Use of power
equipment to maintain your plot is prohibited.
- Garden plots should be cared for at least once a week. If any plot remains unattended (weeds higher than 12 inches) for more than 3 weeks a notice (phone call, letter, or e-mail) will be provided to the gardener stating that the plot will be cleared and potentially reassigned if the gardener fails to provide corrective maintenance within 1 week of the notice date.
- The application of herbicides and insecticides to garden plots is prohibited. Gardeners may apply only Park District approved fertilizer or compost. Violation of this rule may result in loss of gardening privileges.
- Gardeners may maintain or harvest vegetables or flowers from their plots only.
- At the end of the growing season, gardeners are responsible for clearing their plots of all plant material and leaving the space as they found it in the spring.
- Children and guests are welcome in the garden, but must be accompanied by the registered gardener. The gardener is responsible for the actions of all children or guests while visiting the community gardens. Pets are not allowed in the garden plots.
- The Cary Park District is not responsible for: garden plot maintenance (watering, weeding, plant care, etc.), plot monitoring and security, actions of other gardeners or park users, damage, vandalism, or theft of plot plantings, stakes, fencing or tools.