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.
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 December 2, 2013.
Dowling Community Garden: Seventy Years and Still Growing! is the story of Dowling Community Garden's history as one of two continuing community Victory Gardens from World War II. Copies are available from the Dowling Garden Committee. Price for the book is $5.00.
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