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:
Dowling Community Garden has been recently featured in an article in Urban Farm Magazine. A link to the article can be found here.
If you are tired of battling gritty lettuce and slug slime on the prettiest lettuce leaves, the University's Dr. Tom Martin will show you how to make an inexpensive hydroponic table in which you can grow lettuce and other greens from April to November. Many greens continue to grow until night-time temperatures reach 20 degrees. (And no kneeling or bending!)
This is Dr. Martin's research project, and has already proven to be a successful method. Two Longfellow Garden Club members tried it last summer and had very good results. A hydroponic table is a practical way for a patio or balcony gardener, anyone with a 2' x 4' outdoor space, to grow a mix of lettuces and greens such as mustard, arugula, cress, endive, sorrel, kale, Swiss chard, pak choi, collards and nasturtium.The presentation begins at 7 pm, Wednesday, March 12, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3207 37th Ave South. Meetings are free and open to everyone.
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This page updated on March 11, 2014.
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