Apply for a Plot

The 2017 Garden Plot Application is now available!

Our 2017 Spring Registration event will be held at Lakeview Lutheran Church (4001 Mandrake Road, Madison) on Saturday, March 11, at 10 am. All returning gardeners and new gardeners interested in applying for a plot in 2017 are strongly encouraged to attend the Spring Registration meeting. All new and returning gardeners must fill out the 2017 plot application (available here at the Spring Registraiton event). All gardeners submitting an application must also submit a demographic form (English/Spanish). This is required as Troy Community Gardens receives support from the Gardens Network via a CDBG grant funded by HUD. The form should be turned in with your application at Spring Registration. If you cannot attend Spring Registration, you can mail in your application and demographic form (address on application). The deadline for mailing the forms is Friday, March 3. More information about the application process for new and returning gardeners is described below.


New Gardeners 

Please read through the General Garden Information and the information below before filling out an application. All new gardeners are strongly encouraged to attend Spring Registration to learn about gardening at Troy and ask any questions you may have. 

It is the mission of Troy Gardens to serve residents of the Northside, and given space limitations we may give priority to new gardeners who live on the Northside or closest to the gardens.

To find out about gardening opportunities closer to your home visit The Gardens Network webpage.

New gardeners at Troy are limited to one plot the first year. This limit is set so that we can be sure you are serious about gardening and determine if you are ready to take on more space.

If you receive a plot, you will be notified via email or post card inviting you to our Opening Day event in April.

Returning Gardeners

All returning Troy gardeners must submit an application each season in order to continue gardening. Returning gardeners in good standing can apply for one additional plot per year up to a total of four plots. We do our very best to honor specific plot requests - both additional plot requests as well as plot location. Please provide in detail your specific request on your plot application. Due to space limitations we cannot always grant specific requests.

*Note: For returning gardeners, every effort will be made to contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you received a plot and where it is located so you can begin gardening as weather allows. Please do not begin gardening until you receive your plot number(s).


Plot Monitoring Guidelines

All gardeners must comply with our plot monitoring guidelines found here and summarized in the General Information, Rules and Expectations section of the plot application.

Plot Assignment Rules

All garden applications from new and returning gardeners will be considered according to the plot assignment rules. Applications received by the submission deadline each year are categorized into the following groups and applicants are assigned plots in the order listed below.

  1. Returning gardeners in good standing applying for same number of plots as last year. (If returning gardener is applying for one additional plot, we will assign same number of plots as last year and then move application to #3 below and assign additional plot if there are any left at that point.)
  2. New gardeners requesting a plot (assigned in order of applicant's proximity to Troy Community Gardens).
  3. Returning gardeners requesting one extra plot.

Click here to view the 2016 Garden Plot Map.

Click here to view the 2017 Garden Application.