Rochester Community Garden

community garden
The Rochester Community Garden is located in Scott Street Park on Woodward in Rochester, adjacent to Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and the Public Works Facility.

2020 Update & Safety Information Relating to COVID-19


The Rochester Community Garden will be open to users on Friday, May 22nd. 

Dinosaur Hill and the City of Rochester are monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic closely and working with public health officials to reduce its spread. The City urges residents to practice good health habits, stay home when you or a member of your household is sick, keep a safe social distance, and take other precautions to protect yourself and others from the virus.

Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or who has come in contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to the gardens.

We are asking all community gardeners to exercise an abundance of caution if they choose to visit the community garden and to follow these guidelines to minimize the chance of virus spread. 

General Information and History of the Garden 

The garden, which was a 2010 project by the City Beautiful Commission, was designed to allow apartment dwellers, seniors and residents with undesirable yards to lease a plot of land for growing fruits and vegetables in a community setting.

The first phase of the plan created a 70-by-100-foot area of the park and includes 14 raised planting beds. Each 4-by-25-foot bed has three separate garden plots, which are approximately 4-by-8-feet each. Phase One included 42 garden plots, which residents leased for $30 a year ($35 for nonresidents). In Phase Two, the community garden will include another 21 to 28 more garden plots along with a children's garden. The committee created guidelines for what may be planted and how the gardens should be taken care of; there are no chemicals allowed to be used in the planting or maintenance of the gardens. Gardeners are also encouraged to dedicate part of their garden to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House community food bank or help maintain the food bank's part of the garden.

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and the Garden Advisory Committee help manage the garden and keep residents up to date on its progress. If you are interested in receiving updates on the garden, visit the Dinosaur Hill Website.