Two blocks west of the Mississippi river, the Dowling Community Garden is located on the grounds of the Dowling Environmental School, at 46th Avenue and 39th Street South in Minneapolis. The Dowling Garden is believed to be one of the last two remaining Victory Gardens in use today, and will be celebrating it's 70th Anniversary in 2013.
We have grown from a handful of gardens to a community garden of over 190 plots and about 250 gardeners. Dowling gardeners live in Minneapolis and surrounding communities, are culturally diverse, of all ages and abilities and come together to share their love of gardening.
The garden is run by a small group of volunteers who meet monthly to plan activities and improvements, tackle ongoing management issues, and serve as liaisons with the community. Dowling gardeners are welcome to join us; call the Dowling phone line at (612) 467-9545 or drop us an .
For information regarding the Dowling Community Garden, please leave a message on the Dowling Garden voice mail at: (612) 467-9545. Our mailing address is:
Sadly, all the plots are taken for 2013. At this time Dowling Community Garden is no longer accepting names for the waiting list as our current waiting list is too long.
Dowling Community Garden has been recently featured in an article in Urban Farm Magazine. A link to the article can be found here.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this site possible.
This page updated on May 11, 2013.
Gain the skills to grow your own vegetables in your backyard or a community garden plot. This series is intended for those with little or no gardening experience. Learn how to develop a garden plan, choose the best vegetables for your site, and maintain your garden throughout the growing season. Classes include presentations by Ramsey County Master Gardeners, handouts, demonstrations, and valuable hands-on activities.
Classes are sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, but are held at various locations, as noted. Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please click on the class title to register. If you have any difficulties with registering online, please call our office at 651-643-3601 or 800-676-6747.
Learn from the experts through lectures, demonstrations, on-site garden visits and hands-on activities. The Arboretum Gardening School offers rich opportunities for lifelong learning on a full range of topics. Whether a beginner, enthusiast or an industry professional, the Arboretum Gardening School offers the right classes to fit your needs. For class listings, times and availability, please visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Is this the year you thin out the rudbeckia and tame those perennial grasses ? Or are you looking for joe pye weed or Russian sage to liven the boulevard?
Whether you have give-away bags of too-successful perennials or are looking for flower bed or boulevard fillers, the Longfellow Garden Club's annual Plant Swap is the place to come.
The Plant Swap will be held, rain or shine, or snow, at the west side (3524 41st Avenue) of the Sanford Middle School parking lot. You can bring plants beginning at 11:30am. Swapping plants starts at 12:00 noon. (Note: Plants are mostly gone by 12:30.) All traces of the Swap will disappear by 1pm.
Swap rules: label what you bring, donate a few dollars if you took plants but didn't bring any, take home any of yours that are left.
Note: the 2013 Swap is later due to Spring precipitation forecasts. Weather permitting, we'll have a mini-tour after the Swap of a native plant woodland garden here in the neighborhood.
Garden Club events are free and open to the public.