Request a Bed

How do I request a garden bed?

Email Roy Peterson at kprp@swbell.net or Susan Pinker-Dodd at doddsp@swbell.net with your name, home address and phone number.

Once you are assigned a bed, you will need to do the following— 

  • Pay the $25 annual bed fee.
  • Be a member in good standing of the neighborhood association (Lafayette Square Restoration Committee). Memberships start at $35 per person.  Click here to join the LSRC. Not sure if you’re a member? Click here to view the membership list.
  • Sign the Community Garden Agreement (available on this site).
  • Perform a minimum of 3 hours community garden work, once in the spring and once in the fall. This usually consists of weeding, mulching and trimming bushes in the common areas of the community garden. Work days (dates to be announced via email and on the garden message board) are fun events. You will meet a lot of passionate and knowledgeable gardeners.


How does my garden get watered?

In the main garden, watering is usually done by volunteer members, 2-3 times per week or as needed June-September. In the north garden/orchard, you must water your own bed. If you want to water your own bed, please refer to watering instructions, on this site.

Garden Bed Rules

Once you have a bed, it is yours to plant whatever you desire, but you need to weed and maintain it. The bed does not have to be impeccable, but it should be something you are proud of and be actively gardening for the season. We prefer you don’t plant invasive species like mint or raspberries, but they can be confined to a pot in the ground. Sprawling veggies like pumpkins, cukes, zucchini, squash, and melons are permissible as long as they are kept within the confines of your bed. We recommend that you build a trellis and grow these types of plants vertically.