Growing in the Grove, Grove City’s Community Garden in Fryer Park, offers adult residents the opportunity to grow annual plants and relationships with other gardeners.

Participants enjoy time gardening, learning about the planting season, participating in healthy outdoor activities, utilizing vibrant green space and improving the quality of life, while interacting with other plant enthusiasts. The gardens benefit the entire community by adding oxygen to the air, reducing air pollution and absorbing rainwater to reduce runoff.

Individual gardeners work their own rented plots at least once per week, planting, weeding and watering, and spend at least five hours during the growing season to help maintain the rest of the garden (weeding between the beds, picking up trash, etc.).

Produce from the plots is the property of the person renting/working the plot. Do not remove items from others’ plots. 

Gardeners are expected to follow Grove City Community Garden Rules.

For more information, download the Community Gardens Frequently Asked Questions or review below.

Grove City residents age 18 or older can register online for a Community Garden plot.

2023 Community Garden Timeline

  • January: Early registration period for returning gardeners
  • Feb. 1: Registration for new gardeners opens (must be 18)
  • April 1: Deadline to register
  • April 1: Garden opens to gardening activities
  • Nov. 30: Deadline to clean out/winterize garden plot

Where are the Community Garden plots located?
The garden is located in Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road, just north of the small parking lot east of Discover Drive as you enter the park.

What hours are Community Gardens open?
The gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Are there any restrictions on who can rent a plot?
To reserve a plot, a renter must be a resident of Grove City age 18 or older.

How do I register for a plot?
Register online at starting in February. Plot rental is for the growing season (until Nov. 30). Past renters enjoy an early sign-up period.

If you have not set up a new account since Jan. 1, 2023, follow the directions in the “Welcome” section. Upon registration, you will receive an annual garden agreement and liability waiver by email. Return completed forms by the date specified. After the agreement is received, a plot will be assigned.

What is the deadline to register?
The registration deadline is April 1 or until all plots are reserved.

What size are the Community Garden plots?
Raised garden plots are available on a first-come basis in dimensions of 4’x10′ or 4’x12′.  Some elevated beds for physically challenged individuals are available by special request.

What is the cost to rent a Community Garden plot?
The rental covers the entire growing season.

  • 4’x10′ plot: $20
  • 4’x12′ plot: $30
  • Elevated plot: $30

How are the Community Garden plots assigned?
After registration, an available bed of the requested size is assigned randomly. You will be notified via email of your plot number. Past gardeners have the first right of refusal on their past plot. All gardeners are expected to adhere to the Community Garden Rules.

When are plots available to begin cultivation?
The gardens are available to gardeners starting April 1.

About the Garden

Boy Scout Shane Fuller of Scout Troop 136 completed construction on more than 50 raised-garden beds for the Grove City Community Garden with assistance from the City of Grove City and other community members as his Eagle Scout project.

To volunteer to assist with maintenance of the garden, please contact the Parks and Recreation office at 614-277-3050.

Read more about Shane Fuller’s Eagle Scout project in the ThisWeek Community News – Grove City Record
Eagle Scout project: Grove City’s Shane Fuller helps start Fryer Park community garden