Welcome to the Dowling Community Garden
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Welcome to Dowling Community Garden

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 email at info@dowlingcommunitygarden.org.

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
  • P.O. Box 6757
  • Minneapolis, MN 55406

Urban Farming

Dowling Community Garden has been recently featured in an article in Urban Farm Magazine. A link to the article can be found here.

Longfellow Garden Club Social and Potluck - August 13

    • Longfellow Garden Club
    • Wednesday, August 13. 6:30 to 9 pm
    • Get Directions for special location
    • Epworth United Methodist Church
    • 3207 37th Ave South
    • Minneapolis, MN 55402
    • LongfellowGardenClubMail@gmail.com

    Time to spend an evening outdoors talking and eating all things garden, and sharing pictures and stories you bring of this gardening season. The location is a nearby member’s beautiful garden !

    Bring a folding chair (if you care to) and something to share – a dish using your (or other local) produce is the theme. Ice water and tea will be provided. Feel free to bring a plate/utensils - we are trying to achieve close to a zero waste event.

    We will start a bit earlier, at 6:30 on Wednesday, August 13. Directions will be available after 6:00 at the front door of the Epworth United Methodist Church, 3207 37th Ave South!


Dowling History in Print

Dowling History Book 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.

2014 Gardening School

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • 3675 Arboretum Drive
  • Chaska, MN 55318
  • (952) 443-1422

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

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the Dowling Community Garden Web site site possible.

This page updated on JuLY 24, 2014.