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Community Garden Registration 2022

Thank you for your interest in joining the Viles Arboretum Community Garden! Plots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, filling out this form does not guarantee you a plot. We will confirm if you have recieved a plot by March 1st.

Community Garden Guidelines

Garden plots are 10'x10', soil quality is firm and clay-like. While we till the garden at the start of the season, gardeners are responsible for improving their own soil otherwise. 

The 2022 season will begin on May 28th - we will contact you when plots are ready to be planted. Your membership must be active as of May 28th to participate in the community garden, if you are not sure of your membership status, email education@vilesarboretum.org for more information. By June 4th, if there is no sign of activity in your assigned space, that space will be forfeited to a member on the waiting list. The season ends on November 1st. 

  • Chemical applications used for suppression of pests are strictly prohibited. This is broadly defined as any EPA  registered pesticide, herbicide, or insecticide, including chemicals defined as "organic", "biodynamic", or otherwise.
  • Seedlings/transplants used in this space must be grown in the state of Maine.
  • Plots must be kept free of weeds, invasive plants, rotting vegetation, and other debris. 
  • Gardeners must plant and keep all vegetation within their established plot. 
  • Tall crops are to be planted where they will not shade neighboring plots.
  • Perennial plantings or permanent garden structures are not permitted. Non-permanent garden structures, such as trellises, stakes, and other equipment, should be made of biodegradable material, such as bamboo or wood. Use of non-permanent structures not made of biodegradable materials must be cleared with Arboretum staff. All such structures and equipment must be removed by November 1st. 
  • Water spigots must be turned off after every use. 
  • Organic waste materials not used within the plot may be placed in the designated compost area. 
  • No plants considered contraband, or restricted use, under state or federal law are allowed within the community garden. This includes any species classified as "invasive" by the State of Maine such as mint.
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Garden plots this year are 10' x 10' and members receive 1 free plot per year. This year we are ensuring as many gardeners have the opportunity to get involved as possible. As a result, we are only offering one plot per gardener during the initial registration period. Starting in March, additional plots will become available to purchase on a first-come-first-serve basis.