Community Gardens

Looking for garden plot rental in Rochester?

If you don't have gardening space of your own, or are just looking for more room, we have the answer for you! The History Center Community Garden offers plots to the public for a one-time yearly fee! 

Take advantage of what we have to offer, including:

  • A fenced in garden area to keep out deer
  • On-site water and hoses, as well as a secure tool shed!
  • Standard (14' x 20') and raised bed (4' x 20') options are available!

Space is limited and these plots move quick, so call us at 507-282-9447 or stop on by to reserve your spot today! Each plot is $100 per year for non-members, and only $75 for members!

Information & Rules

2024 Garden Acknowledgement (must be signed with payment)

Be a part of the HCOC Gardens Community!

A community garden plot is excellent for a number of reasons! A garden plot:

  • Creates a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about where food comes from.
  • Provides a productive hobby that gets you outside in the fresh air.
  • Gives you the satisfaction of reaping the benefits of your hard work with delicious seasonal produce!

Join us on our Facebook page for updates on the season and to get to know your fellow gardeners!

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start planting?

  • Growing season can often have an unpredictable start, but a loose guideline is that the season for garden plots at the History Center is May to mid-October.

Are plots available now?

  • It's never too early to plan to secure your plot. Call the History Center at 507-282-9447 to ask about availability!

Are pets allowed in the gardens?

  • Pets are allowed on the History Center grounds but are not permitted in the garden area. Please leash your pets outside the garden enclosure when you're working on your gardens!

Are there restrictions on what I can grow?

  • We ask that you not grow invasive plants that can encroach on your neighbors' space (such as mint), and we discourage the planting crops with large woody stems (corn, sunflowers, etc), but if you choose to, we ask that you dispose of them on your own at the end of the growing season.

What is the policy on fertilizers/pesticides?

  • No fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides can be used that will detrimentally affect adjacent gardeners or the grass. 

What happens to abandoned plots?

  • If a plot seems untended, we will reach out to the owner first, but unkept plots will be tilled under. If there are gardeners on a waiting list, these plots will then be offered to them.

What are the best plants to grow in a community garden?

  • Some folks might find a community garden to be a little overwhelming at first, but there are a number of low-maintenance plants that can go well in a community garden space! Herbs like parsley and basil and leafy greens like kale are high-producing plants that don't occupy too much space. Cherry tomato plants are great for the limited space. Beets are easy, nutritious growers that will add a bit of colors to your harvest. And adding flowers to your garden space can attract pollinators and increase your yield!