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Community Gardens

What is a Community Garden? A Community Garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people. Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. They are publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access and management, as well as typically owned in trust by local governments or nonprofits. Community gardens encourage an urban community’s food security, allowing citizens to grow their own food or for others to donate what they have grown. The gardens also combat two forms of alienation that plague modern urban life, by bringing urban gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and by breaking down isolation by creating a social community. It has also been found that active communities experience less crime and vandalism.

Have a Gardening Question?
Call Riverside County Master Gardeners. They are here to answer your gardening questions!

  • Office hours: 9-Noon, Monday—Friday
  • Phone: 951-683-6491
  • Email:
  • Walk-ins welcome: 21150 Box Springs Rd., Ste. 202, Moreno Valley, CA  92557

Bring a sample for identification, or drop by to ask questions. If you bring a sample, please put plant material in a plastic bag.

Who can I contact about the Palm Springs Community Gardens?

 Daniel DeGarmo, Sustainability Assistant  Phone: 760-323-8248


What Is The Mission Of The Community Gardens?


Mission Statement:    Helping people grow food in and around the city!


Mission:           Providing access to land, education and other resources necessary for community members to grow food in environmentally sustainable ways as a means to creating a food system where locally produced, affordable, and nutritious food is available to all.


Where are Community Gardens Located?


Our Community Garden is located at:

Demuth Community Center:

3601 E. Mesquite Ave. (Next to Demuth Park). Palm Springs, CA 92264.


How & Where Can I Rent A Plot?

Contact Daniel DeGarmo, Sustainability Assistant  Phone: 760-323-8248

or via email at  

A printable application form is available here.  Get your application in now for the fall planting season.


Returning Gardeners:

Returning gardeners must renew their plots by turning in an application to the front desk of City Hall at 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264. Our limit of one plot per household will be enforced.


New Gardeners:

Fill out an application form and send it to the Office of Sustainability. Applications being accepted now for the Fall planting season.


What Are The Costs & Deposits For The Garden Plots?



There is a per season $30 plot rental fee for the small plots, $50.00 for the large plots. There is a limit of 1 garden plot per gardener in one season.


What Is Provided At The Community Gardens?

Basic ingredients to a Community Garden (may be provided depending upon site):

  • Community space on which to grow food, herbs and flowers; plot sizes vary site to site;
  • Water for irrigation;
  • Amenities such as picnic tables, parking, garbage cans, exterior boundary fencing, a shady spot or a play area all add greatly to the garden space.
  • Plot monitoring by staff;

When Can I Start Planting?

Work can begin on your plot as soon as you are assigned a garden plot.


The minimum requirements to “getting started” include: Weeding, planting or working the soil in preparation for planting, and pathway clean-up.


How Often Should I Work On My Garden?

Remember, gardens take time. Please try to be realistic about the commitment that you are about to make. Gardeners must perform a minimum of 3- 5 hours of service per plot each week to keep on top of a growing garden.


When Is Garden Clean Up?

At the end of the rental season, gardeners must level and clean their plots unless approved for renewal. Clean up your plot, as well as the walkway directly around your plot by removing dead plants, rocks, temporary supports (fencing), and other debris. Gardeners whose plots remain with debris at the end of the year will be notified of a violation.


What Is Garden Etiquette?

Gardening Courtesy and Communication

One of the main goals in community gardening is to work together or next to each other in relative harmony. Please be courteous in all interactions and work together to resolve any disagreements.


Keeping a “Clean and Green” Garden!

Your garden plot must be planted, maintained, or mulched, and stay within its boundaries. You may not grow soil only in your garden plot - that is not gardening. You must have produce or plants in your plots. Plots may not be consistently weedy, untended or filled with debris. Gardeners are expected to spend 3-5 hours per week, on average, tending the plot during the growing season. Keeping a “Clean and Green” garden area helps to create an enjoyable place to work for all gardeners and is a delight to the community to see!




Ensuring a cleaner garden as it ensures neighbors will clean up and respect the area in order to keep from creating violations and losing their plot;


Please aid us in cleaning up a plot faster when there are issues with garden abandonment and forfeiture;


Respect of Municipal Property

Do: Respect your neighbor’s garden and the rights of the community residents as well as appreciate the fact that this land has been made available by the City of Palm Springs.

Do: Follow all rules and guidelines and keep your area maintained.

Do: Dump garden waste in the appropriate garbage bins at your garden site. Our parks, greenbelts and natural areas are not a place for garden weeds, as weeds can be invasive, destroying our natural vegetation.


What to Grow?

Do: Plant vegetables, herbs, flowers and small fruit plants for home consumption.

Do: Donate your produce if you will not use it.

Don’t: Use your garden plot to make soil. Community garden plots are to be used for produce or plants only.

Don’t: Plant trees or other plants that shade adjacent plots.


Do: Pick up litter from the pathways and common areas. This will contribute to the health and cleanliness of the entire garden.

Don’t: Throw rocks or other heavy items into the garbage cans. They make it difficult to empty out the garbage can.

Don’t: Throw weeds and rocks over the fence.



Do: Teach your children the many benefits of gardening.

Do: Work to keep our gardens child friendly, make every effort to see that children respect the neighboring garden plots, walkways, and other gardeners.



Do: Keep your pets at home. Pets are prohibited at the community garden. In the parking area, dogs are to remain on-leash. Animal waste and urine from pets are often detrimental to gardens and produce.


Tools and Power Equipment

Do: Bring your own seeds, gardening tools, hoses, etc. for your plots. Please no power equipment.


Sale of Grown Goods

Don’t: Sell your produce grown through this program. Produce cannot be for commercial use and may not be sold.


Vandals and Other Garden Pests

Do: Be aware that this does happen. There is very little we can do about the occasional free pickers.


Vacations or Plot Abandonment

Do: Call if you have to leave town on vacation, and may not be attending your plot for a short time. Or, if you must leave town for an extended period of time and need to abandon your garden, please let us know as soon as possible to close out your paperwork.


Notification of Violations

Do: Following all the above guidelines should keep you free from receiving violation notifications. Ignorance of these guidelines will not be an excuse to receiving a violation. This will also ensure that everyone will have a successful and enjoyable gardening season. Failure to maintain your garden plot in an attractive manner, and after due warning, could result in forfeiture of your gardening privileges.


Please read our policy below:

A written notice of the violation will both be posted in your plot and mailed to the address given on your rental agreement. The gardener will have 5 days to correct the problem. If there is no response to the warning and letter, your plot and plot fee will be forfeited for the year.

Notice: With the forfeiture of your plot you have removed your rights for preferential plot reservations for the following year.


What About Volunteering?

Volunteer – it’s easy! We look for volunteers that can give as little as a day, or as much as an entire summer in helping out with our Community Garden Program, special garden events or programs, up-keeping any unused plots or even teaching your own gardening class! For information on how to volunteer, please contact us at 760-320-2692.


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