Community Gardens

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About the Community Gardens Program
Community gardening has a strong and growing presence in Atlanta – including in city parks! Park Pride has administered the community gardening program since 2007, when the City of Atlanta passed legislation allowing gardens in parks.

Community gardens bring positive activity to the parks. They provide a forum for neighbors to join together and forge strong community bonds. They are a source of fresh, local produce – some of which is donated to community members in need.

Our Gardens
We have 21 community gardens in our program, each with its own unique flavor.

Want to visit a community garden? Take a look at the map of Park Pride community gardens to find the garden nearest you. All Park Pride community gardens are open for visitors during park hours (just remember to get permission before picking any food).

Getting Started
Are you interested in starting a community garden in your neighborhood park? Take a look at our Community Garden Info Sheet and Community Garden Adoption Agreement to learn more about the program and how to get started. To find out more about how the Community Garden program works, contact Betty Hanacek at 404-546-6852 or

Gardening Resources
Need some gardening inspiration? Take a look at our list of resources – including how-to guides, harvest calendars, local gardening-related organizations, and more.

List of community garden resources

Starting and Sustaining a Community Garden
Atlanta Regional Commission Community Gardening Manual

Gardening Tips
National Gardening Association – Food Gardening Guide
Walter Reeves – The Georgia Gardener
Raised Bed Gardening
Ask an Expert – Home Depot Garden Club

Harvest and planting calendars
Walter Reeves Seasonal Calendar
Georgia Organics Planting Calendar
Georgia Organics Harvest Calendar

Garden Design Ideas
Raised Bed Gardening
Building Raised Beds

Planting Plans
Square Foot Gardening
Planning a vegetable garden
Grow Veg Garden Planner

Programming Ideas
Kids Gardening – Helping Young Minds Grow
American Horticultural Society – Youth Gardening
Gardening With Kids

Local Resources and Organizations
Fulton County Cooperative Extension - Fulton or UGA Extension
      Have a gardening question? Ask a Fulton County Extension agent at 404-762-4077 or the
DeKalb County Cooperative Extension
Atlanta Community Food Bank Community Gardens
Southeastern Horticultural Society
Atlanta Local Food Initiative
Georgia Organics
Georgia Master Gardeners Association
Central Fulton Master Gardeners
North Fulton Master Gardeners
DeKalb Master Gardener Association
Terra Nova Compost Cooperative
The Wylde Center

Community Garden Locator

American Community Gardening Association

Gardening, health & wellness professionals

      Gardening Consultations
            • *Truly Living Well – Classes and technical assistance in soil preparation, soil management, composting, vermiculture, crop management, seasonality planting, multi-cropping and plant diversity, companion planting, and weed, insect and disease control.
            • Garden*Hood – Gardening design and education services with an edible landscaping specialist with expertise in growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and pollinator-friendly companion plants in everything from wide open fields to raised beds and urban patio planters.
            • *Sustenance Design – “Horticulture 101” series designed to suit the audience’s needs. Possible topics include: native plants, shade gardening, rain garden creation, edible landscaping, composting, organic vegetable production, and more. In addition to these educational workshops, they also offer garden design consultations and installation services.

      Chef Demos
            • *Forage and Flame – Seth Freedman is a local chef with an extensive background in cooking and food education, including many years running a farm-to-school program. He offers hands-on educational cooking activities for groups of up to 25 people. Cooking and nutrition demonstrations for groups of any size are also available. Hands-on cooking classes start at as low as $200.
            • Healthy Eating 101 – Megan McCarthy is a healthy lifestyle consultant, spokesperson and chef. She teaches cooking classes at Whole Foods Market and Cook’s Warehouse and is the Edible Garden Chef at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Outdoor Kitchen. Megan offers cooking classes based on the Superfoods and everything that is grown in a garden! Custom sessions start at $200.

      Canning Workshops
            • *Preserving Now – Lyn Deardorff is a local expert in canning and preserving. She offers canning classes at two locations in Atlanta as well as custom workshops for small groups. Custom packages are available for a workshop or demo outside in your garden or at an indoor location. Lyn can be reached by email at

Those marked with an asterisk offer special pricing to Park Pride community gardens.