Create a Garden

Our gardening philosophy…

Community Gardens of Chester County works with low-income county residents to build community vegetable gardens and to beautify neighborhoods with trees, shrubs and flowers. All of our garden projects start within the neighborhood and are a response to community needs and dreams.  Each garden is unique in size, shape and purpose, but always a reflection of the neighbors who create it.

We will work with you and your neighbors to…

plan and construct a garden
demonstrate how to plant, maintain and harvest crops
demonstrate how to care for your landscape plants

We will provide you and your neighbors with…

tools, fencing and soil
seeds and plants
gardening information and instruction

You and your neighbors will provide…

a completed Community Garden application form
a group to attend an introductory meeting at the site
written permission to use the lot (if needed)
neighbors to clear the lot, erect the fence, build the beds, prepare the soil and plant and maintain the garden
an active garden association

Staff and garden volunteers will help…

All garden projects are designed and directed by the people in the neighborhood but staff and garden volunteers will be there to help you get started. They are also available to answer gardening questions and/or to help solve the various challenges that often arise in creating and maintaining a garden project.  

Getting started…To start a garden project, contact our office at 610-486-6898 or email us at We will send you an application form to fill out and return. Once we receive the completed form we will set a date to meet with you and your neighbors at the proposed garden site. After discussing your ideas and assessing the site, we will set another date for staff, volunteers and neighbors to clean-up the lot (if needed), and to build and plant the garden.