Join the Gardens Network
As a garden leader, do you feel like you’re carrying all the weight on your shoulder? Are you scrambling to find resources and constantly frustrated because you’re being sent in circles whenever you have any questions? Help yourself by becoming a member of the Gardens Network!
Use these materials to create a registration packet for your garden. Both PDF and Word Document versions are available. Please use the version that better suits you and change the information as needed to match your garden’s operations.
- 2018 Registration Form ENGLISH Word.docx | Word.doc | PDF
- 2018 Registration Form SPANISH Word.docx | Word.doc | PDF
Garden Plot Fee Charts:
- 2018 Garden Plot Fee Chart ENGLISH Word.docx | Word.doc | PDF
- 2018 Garden Plot Fee Chart SPANISH Word.docx | Word.doc | PDF
- 2018 Demographics Form ENGLISH Word .docx | Word.doc | PDF
- 2018 Demographics Form SPANISH Word.docx | Word.doc | PDF
*Garden leaders should mail their completed DEMOGRAPHICS FORMS or a compilation of the DEMOGRAPHIC DATA to:
Attn: Gardens Network
3601 Memorial Drive, Suite 4
Madison, WI 53704
Half Mile Radius Garden Maps:
*Please insert the map on the back of your demographics form or print copies to have available at your garden registration day.
Garden Management 101
A community garden is a wonderful resource, but it requires some work and commitment to create and maintain. Community gardens function best when volunteers collaborate to coordinate the garden. These resources have been developed to help volunteer community garden leaders manage their gardens.
Click on each title to download a PDF copy.
- Planning Your Garden
- Click here for a Word Document version
- Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit
- How to Start and Manage Community Gardens: Victory Gardens San Diego
- Potential New Gardener Letter (Word.doc)
- Opening and Closing Day Checklist
- Description of Suggested Volunteer Positions
- Community Garden Rules
- Click here for a Word Document version
- Community Garden Safety
- Toolkit for Quantifying Your Garden’s Impact
- P-Patch Garden Leadership Handbook
- How to Create a Google Voice Phone Number
- Unlocking the Mystery of Community Engagement
- Common Phrases for Texting in Spanish
- Common Phrases in the Garden English-Spanish
Starting a Garden
Resources for those interested in starting a community garden.
- CAC’s New Garden Guide: Starting and Growing a Community Garden
- Starting a Community Garden
- Change Lab’s Guide to Growing Food on Public Land
- Change Lab’s Community Garden Toolkit
Special Needs Resources
The individuals, families, and households with plots in Madison’s community gardens are a diverse group. Those with physical and other challenges can participate in the valuable and satisfying act of gardening if gardens are designed inclusively. When designing a new garden, or making improvements to an existing garden, these resources provide thoughtful suggestions.
Leadership and Facilitation
Providing effective leadership takes practice and can be extremely challenging, yet rewarding. These resources may give you some food for thought.
- Constructive Conflict (PDF)
- Facilitating Meetings (PDF)
- The Many Faces of Leadership (PDF)
- Volunteer Program Checklist (PDF)
These documents were created by individual gardens for various purposes, and have been shared here with you to provide guidance and inspiration. You may edit them for your purposes.
- Expectations & Information: Saint Paul (Doc)
- Invitation To Garden Flyer: Marlborough Park (Doc)
- Neighborhood Outreach Article: Quann (Doc)
- Plot Assignment Criteria: Quann (Doc)
- Registration Day Postcard: Gammon (Doc)
- Sign To Discourage Theft: Quann (Doc)
- Plot Monitoring Guidelines: Eagle Heights (PDF) & Troy (PDF)
- Garden Map: McFarland (PDF)
- Handbook: McFarland (PDF)
- Helping Hand Signs: McFarland (PDF)
- Incident Reports: McFarland (PDF)
- Plot Management: McFarland (PDF)
- Garden Plot Application: Troy (PDF)
- Plot Status Guidelines for Gardeners: Troy (PDF)
- Pre-drafted Email Reference List for Plot Monitors: Troy (PDF)
- Spring Registration Post Card: Troy (PDF)
- Volunteer Team Descriptions: Troy (PDF)
Gardens Network Summit Materials
Please see our Summit Materials page for a list of resources from our annual Gardens Network Summit.
Garden Enhancement Grant
Please visit our Micro-grant Program page for more information.
Interested in getting involved with an existing community garden? Find a Garden Near You