Kingston's Community Gardens
Kingston is now home to 25 community gardens. Some gardens have allotments - plots that individuals/families can rent year-to-year for growing their own crops. Other gardens are managed communally, or by staff/volunteers of a particular agency - including several donation gardens. Below is a list of all of the community gardens with allotments in Kingston, followed by a list of gardens without allotments.
Community Gardens with Allotments
Calvin Park Community Garden
Description: Calvin Park Community Garden is located on land donated by the United Church. Open to everyone.
Location: 200 Norman Rogers Drive (Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church Property)
Number of allotments: 30+
Allotments available in 2020:
Elmwood Community Garden
Description: The longest continuously run community garden in Kingston, Elmwood Community Garden is nestled in the Bowling Green Apartments on city-owned land. The gardeners maintain a large composter and have two accessible garden beds for members with limited mobility.
Location: 36 Elmwood Street
Number of allotments:
Contact: Sandra Chopping,
Friendship Park Community Garden
Description: Nestled on a quiet side-street in the Skeleton Park neighbourhood, the Friendship Park Community Garden features 9 4x4 plots in a long raised bed, with one lower sided bed for increased accessibility. Onsite composting, rain barrels, and some basic supplies & tools in a shed. The park has a great playground, tennis/basketball court, and small path; bring your kids, dogs, and friends along to do some gardening! Get in touch to check plot availability or with any questions.
Location: Corner of Chestnut St. & Carlisle St.
Number of allotments: 9
Contact: Tanya Robinson,
Lakeside Community Garden
Description: Lakeside Community Garden welcomes new gardeners and volunteers to join as plots become available. Lakeside is involved in a variety of projects including individual gardening plots, a large donation garden, school gardens, edible food forest, medicinal garden, seed saving initiative, native species/butterfly gardens and an opportunity for more.
https://lakesidecommunitygarden.org/ for more information or email the garden coordinator.
Location: Front & Days Road (near Centre 70)
Number of allotments: 50+
Allotments available in 2020: none
Contact: Sarah Martinek, email@example.com
MacLean Park Community Garden
Description: Operated on city-owned land, it is a welcoming place where residents can come together, grow food, friendships, learn and share
Location: MacLean Park (Gore Road and Dalgeish Avenue)
Number of allotments: 8
Contact: Melanie Kerr, firstname.lastname@example.org
MacLean Trail Community Garden
Description: On municipal heritage property on Hwy 15, MacLean Trail Community Garden offers twelve 4’x16’ raised bed gardens. The garden enhances the use of the property as a centre for community gatherings, and provides significant community benefit including contributing to local food programs. Some garden beds are leased for exclusive use by individual members, while other beds are reserved for common and donation beds.
Location: MacLean Trail (by the Pittsburgh Library off Gore Road), Pittsburgh Township
Number of allotments: 10
Contact: Melanie Kerr, email@example.com
Oak Street Community Garden
Description: Oak Street Community Garden is a place for everyone and anyone to grow food for themselves and others and to learn about food gardening. The garden includes allotment plots, tasting gardens, a donation garden, programming plots, and a market-training garden.
Location: Greenspace where Oak Street bends near the end of Victoria Street
Number of allotments: 80
Queen's West Campus Community Garden
Description: Priority is given to the Queen’s University Community, but plots are often available for the general public.
Location: Located at the Stone House near tennis courts at West Campus of Queen’s University (Sir John A. Macdonald).
Number of allotments: 21
Allotments available in 2020: 10+
Contact: Llynwen Osborne, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ongwanada Community Garden
Description: Ongwanada’s community garden offers 16 tilled garden plots measuring 8′ x 20′ available for rental for the gardening season. One stipulation is that all plots must remain herbicide free and pesticide free. Your yearly $30 plot fee includes the use of one garden plot, use of Ongwanada’s garden tools, and the preparation of the soil in spring and fall, and water supply.
Location: 114 Wright Cr. behind Ongwanada Crescent Community Services
Number of allotments: 16
Contact: Heather Lochhead
Community Services Supervisor
Sunnyside Community Garden
Description: The Sunnyside Community Garden is a volunteer-run organization working in partnership with Utilities Kingston and OPIRG Kingston. Its goals are to enable residents to grow their own food and flowers, to give people a place to meet neighbours, to provide educational opportunities for the community, and to provide a welcoming place for everybody to enjoy. The garden is located in the Williamsville neighbourhood and includes allotments and a donation garden.
Location: MacDonnell St just north of Brock St
Number of allotments: 30
Wolfe Island Community Garden
Description: The Wolfe Island Community Garden aims to be a flexible, multi-purpose and sustainable outdoor resource for community use. It is a welcoming space for all ages, including youth, to exchange knowledge/experience and to develop skills related to gardening and healthy, active living. The Garden will be a central space that encourages connection and collaboration between many residents and community groups/organizations. It is a place for residents to engage with the natural environment. For more, visit the website.
Location: Village of Marysville, Centre Street, Wolfe Island
Number of allotments: Limited individual and shared plots. Priority given to residents of Wolfe Island.
An Clachan Community Garden
Description: For An Clachan (Queen's mature & international students residence) use only.
47 Van Order Dr. (Queen's residence)
Number of allotments: 10
Contact: Lynwen Osborne,
CFB Kingston Community Garden
Description: Would you like to experiment with gardening? Become a KMFRC Community Garden member. This garden is for military families, veterans, DND personnel and reservists. $15 per garden plot, first come first served.
Location: 32 Lundy's Lane (Kingston Military Family Resource Centre)
Number of allotments: 18
Contact: KMFRC's main office : 613-541-5010 X 5195 or email@example.com
Community Gardens without Allotments
Description: This is a therapeutic garden for Addictions & Mental Health Services clients.
Location: 31 Lyons St.
Bellevue House Garden
Built in the early 1840’s this historic property was home to Canada’s first Prime Minister and today remains almost unchanged to what it once was. Bellevue house is open to the public for tours of the beautiful house and grounds, by staff in period costume. The garden is in 19th century style and boasts half an acre of vegetable gardens, an orchard, and several ornamental gardens. The Bellevue house staff and volunteers have grown over 1000 lbs of organic food each year, using old techniques and tools. Last year they donated 300 lbs of food to local meal programs and they continue to offer wonderful, fresh produce to the community. Certainly a stop not to be missed, for both the history and the nature lover!
35 Centre Street
Compton Park Garden
Description: Compton Park Garden consists of three 6'x10' raised beds that are gardened collectively by the community.
Location: Helen St side of Compton Park (corner of Carruthers)
Contact: Jordan Morelli,
Community Harvest Garden
Description: The Community Harvest Garden seeks to fill in the gaps regarding lack of affordable produce in Kingston’s North End. We also provide learning and leadership opportunities, and strive to empower others to create positive change in their communities. Gardens are managed by a team of staff and volunteers and produce is distributed through the Community Harvest Market.
Learn more at https://communityharvestkingston.com/
Location: 463 Elliott Ave.
Extend-A-Family Community Garden
361 Montreal St.
John Howard Society Community Garden
Description: Garden is managed collectively by clients, staff and volunteers of the John Howard Society.
Location: 771 Montreal St. (right side of buildling)
Contact: Julie Langan,
Kingston Community Health Centres Garden
Kingston Co-op Homes
1338 Princess St.
Queen's AMS Garden
Description: Small garden managed by the Queen's AMS (Alma Mater Society). Produce is grown to supplement the AMS Food Bank.
Location: 218 Barrie St. (behind Mac Brown building)
Salvation Army Community Garden
Description: Located at the Salvation Army Community and Family Services on Patrick St. Produce grown is used in programs and made available to the public.
Location: 342 Patrick St.
Contact: Jack Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydenham Street United Church
The purpose of the garden is to create a biologically productive and educational space in which members can learn about and engage in urban agriculture. In doing so, we seek to lessen the disconnect between us and our food and promote concepts of food sovereignty.
Unlike many community gardens, we do not offer allotments - rather, gardeners work collectively to grow and harvest produce for donation to Loving Spoonful's Grow-A-Row program. Since 2017, we have donated nearly 400lbs of produce!
Location: 82 Sydenham St.
Contact: Donna Delyea, email@example.com
Town Homes Community Garden
610 Montreal St.
Walking The Path Of Peace Together
30+ years ago, a piece of land on Highway 15 was purchased for the newly founded Faith United Church to build a church on, but they decided not to put their energies there, but to rent space instead. Following the release of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in 2015, the members decided to deepen and widen relationships with members of the Indigenous community and to offer the land for an initiative done together. ‘Walking the Path of Peace Together’ began. In 2019, a well was sunk and a pump and generator installed.
In the summer of 2020, experienced gardener Tom Walton offered himself to build raised beds, and together with many volunteers, a garden began to take shape. Indigenous tobacco was the first thing planted, followed by squash, potatoes, asparagus, rhubarb, herbs, onions, chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, kale and more. Weekly donations to Loving Spoonful are now being dropped off. At the centre of the land, sacred ceremony has and will continue to taken place, including the hosting (in limited form this year) our annual gathering of prayer and ceremony on July 1st as we recommit ourselves to a better walk together into the future.