Savannah Brooks digs out an area of her family's garden plot off Tancil Court, in preparation for planting sunflowers. (Christy Goodman/the Washington Post)
Community gardening is one way that the City is helping to increase Alexandria residents’ access to locally grown, environmentally sustainable foods as part of the Healthy Food Alexandria initiative.
Here are the community gardening opportunities for the public in Alexandria. The gardening season runs March 1 through Nov. 30 each year.
Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
Community Garden Plot Wait List
Please read the Community Garden Plot Policy regarding garden plot rental before submitting a Garden Plot Wait List Application. Be advised, the wait list contains several hundred applicants and it may be years before a community gardening plot becomes available.
- Chinquapin Community Gardens
The Chinquapin Community Gardens are run by the City of Alexandria and are available for rent to City and area residents for a fee. Each plot is about 15x20 feet wide, half-plots are 15x10, and there are about 195 plots. Rentals are available on an annual basis. For more information, you may visit the Chinquapin Community Gardens Advisor Board’s website or contact Park Operations at 703.746.5496.
- Holmes Run Community Gardens
The Holmes Run community gardens are run by the City of Alexandria and are available for rent to City and area residents for a fee. Each plot is about 15x18 feet wide, and there are 24 plots. Rentals are available on an annual basis. For more information, you may also visit the Chinquapin Community Gardens Advisor Board’s website or contact Park Operations at 703.746.5496.
- Community Garden Plot Application - Returning Gardner
GW Community Garden
- The GW Community Garden is located on the grounds of George Washington Middle School. A group of approximately 20 interested citizens in Del Ray has formed a committee to manage the garden, with support from the Master Gardeners and ACPS Garden Coordinator Wendy Sparrow. For more information, e-mail
ARHA Community Gardens
- The ACHIEVE Planning Team is partnering with the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority (ARHA) to build community gardens for residents and kick-off a gardening and nutrition program for ARHA children and families.