Garden Rental

To dwell is to garden.

Martin Heidegger

Grow your own heirloom, exotic and pesticide-free vegetables. Gardening is a great way to meet new people and get some exercise. Rent a garden plot today!

Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension rents garden plots in many parts of the county. We also provide technical assistance to neighborhood groups that run their own community gardens. For more information about renting a garden, read the information below and contact the garden rental assistant at 414-256-4606 or garden.rentals@ces.uwex.edu.

Why Garden?

A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.

Gertrude Jekyll

Gardens and green space are important in the urban environment. Residents at health care facilities, apartments and condominiums may not have the opportunity or space to garden. Unused urban open space can provide the needed land to build gardens.Gardens provide space to grow nutritious food and gardeners can save money on produce. Gardening is a great family recreational activity. Participants share traditions with each other and their children.

To learn more about the value of community gardening, read the “Evaluation of Community Gardens” by Jill Florence Lackey & Associates, February 1998. Copies are available from Dennis Lukaszewski at 414-256-4650 or dennis.lukaszewski@ces.uwex.edu.

New Gardeners

If you did not rent a garden last year and would like to request a garden for 2016 check back later for the 2016 Garden Request Form: Please note that some of our gardens have very few open plots.

The garden rental staff will assign a plot to you after April 15th when plots become available for new gardeners to rent.

In general the garden plots do not open before the third week of May.

New gardeners will be assigned plots as they become available, but not before pre-registration for returning gardeners is complete on April 15th

If you need to contact the garden rental assistants, please leave a telephone voice mail message or send an email.  We monitor the phone messages and email often but are not in the office regularly, during the off-season.  If your phone call is during regular UWEX hours  (8:30AM – 4PM) and you need immediate assistance please dial “0″ and an operator can take your message.

Current Garden Desk Office Hours

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Monday Closed
Tuesday 9-Noon and 1-3:30 (Hmong Assistance)
Wednesday 9-Noon and 1-3:30 (Hmong Assistance)
Thursday 9-Noon and 1-3:30 (Hmong Assistance)
Friday Closed

Office is closed during the lunch hour (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm).

Winter/Spring 2016 Garden Desk Office Hours will begin February 22, 2016.

The Garden Rental phone is: (414) 256-4606.

Emails & calls will be answered or returned in as timely a manner as possible.
Email address:   garden.rentals@ces.uwex.edu

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