The City of Grove City Parks and Recreation Department established the Grove City Community Garden in Fryer Park for residents wishing to enjoy the many benefits of working the earth and growing plants. The garden includes shared plots of land with raised beds where people gather together to grow fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Community gardens offer residents a chance to connect with friends and meet new ones. Participants enjoy time gardening, learning about the planting season, participating in healthy outdoor activities, utilizing vibrant green space and improving the quality of life. The gardens benefit the entire community by adding oxygen to the air, reducing air pollution, absorbing rainwater to reduce runoff, and facilitating the composting of plant waste.
Individual gardeners work their own rented plots – planting, weeding, watering and harvesting – at least once a week, 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, mixing compost bins, etc.).
Gardeners are expected to follow Grove City Community Garden Rules.
For more information, download the Community Gardens Frequently Asked Questions or review below.
Starting Monday, Feb. 7, Grove City residents age 18 or older can register online for a Community Garden plot using activity code 390CG04.
2022 Community Garden Timeline
- January: Early registration period for returning gardeners
- Monday, Feb. 7: Registration for new gardeners opens (must be 18)
- Friday, April 1: Deadline to register
- Saturday, May 7: Garden opens to gardening activities
- Wednesday, 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.
How do I register for a plot?
All registration for garden plots is online at registration.grovecityohio.gov. It opens in late winter and covers that year’s growing season.
An online account and password must be secured before registering online. If you have not previously registered with the Parks and Recreation Department, call the office at 614-277-3050 weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., to set up an account. 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.
How do I register for a plot?
All registration for garden plots is online on the Grove City Parks Registration website: registration.grovecityohio.gov. If you have not previously registered with the Parks and Recreation Department, please call 614-277-3050 weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., to set up an account. Applicants must be age 18 or older. Upon registration, an annual garden agreement and liability waiver will be emailed and must be returned by the date specified. After the agreement is returned a garden plot will be assigned.
What does registration begin for the Community Garden?
The registration deadline is April 1 or until all plots are reserved.
What are the size of the Community Garden plots?
The gardens will consist of raised garden plots either 4’ x 10’ or 4’ x 12’. The plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A small number of 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. Cost is based on plot size and available only to Grove City residents.
- 4’ x 10’ plot is $20
- 4’ x 12’ plot is $30
- Elevated garden plot is $30
How are the Community Garden plots assigned?
Once you register for a plot, a bed of the size you requested is assigned to you randomly. You will be notified via email of your plot number. All gardeners are expected to adhere to the Community Garden Rules.
When will the Community Garden plots be available to start gardening?
The gardens are scheduled to be available to gardeners starting Saturday, May 7. All registered garden users will be contacted with any date changes.
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.
If you are interested in volunteering 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