The Gardens Network

The Gardens Network is a collaborative partnership between Community GroundWorks, Dane County UW-Extension and the City of Madison. The partnership fosters community gardening and greening in Madison and Dane County. It functions as a connector of resources for gardeners and garden leaders, organizations, municipalities, initiatives, and programs working on community food issues.

Our Mission

To foster healthy communities for individuals, youth, families and seniors in Madison and Dane County through community gardening and greening. We view gardens as ecological, social and cultural places to connect with others, be active, keep learning and give to the wider community.

Our Goals

  • To increase access to safe, healthy and culturally appropriate food
  • To assure safe and available land to grow food
  • To provide accessible public spaces that increase social correctedness and cohesion, particularly for low-income, minority and immigrant community members
  • To support community well-being through gardening and greening

What Does This Mean For You and Your Garden?

Building on the knowledge gleaned from three decades of local community gardening and gardeners, the partnership offers:

  • "One-stop" resource for gardeners' support
  • Responsive and integrated partnership staff
  • Legal resources: leases and liability insurance
  • Horticulture expertise
  • Master Gardener Volunteer support
  • Garden infrastructure advice
  • Leadership development, training and gatherings
  • Annual Garden Summit
  • Continuing education
  • Collaborative planning process with garden leaders, organizations and municipalities
  • Advocacy for gardening and greening
  • Outreach and community engagement strategies
  • Garden expansion/renovation support (2016)
  • New garden development (2016)
  • Growing garden contingency
  • County-wide network of gardeners and leaders

For more information about The Gardens Network visit:

For answers to gardening questions: Contact the Horticulture Hotline at (608)224-3721 or

For all community garden questions: Contact Community GroundWorks at or (608)310-8846