Carpenter Park Community Garden

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Welcome to the Garden!

Carpenter Park Community Garden is a communal, Town-managed space that offers raised beds for individual rental as well as public education beds for groups and volunteers. We invite renters to grow whatever they like, so the garden boasts a diversity of veggies, fruits, and flowers throughout the year. We also maintain a row of native plants in the border surrounding the garden to support native pollinators, which provide numerous benefits and can increase food yield in the garden.

Join us for our Monthly Open House and Volunteer events

Join us for a family-friendly Garden Open House on the third Saturday of each month from 9-11 a.m.
Explore the garden while learning what grows best in our region and how you can garden at home! Along with an opportunities to plant, weed, water, and harvest; this event will include kid-friendly games and a play area, folks on staff to get your gardening questions answered, info on how to get involved with our environmental programs, and more. All ages are welcome, no registration required, no pets allowed.

2018 Open House Dates
July 21
August 18
September 15 - Canceled due to weather
October 20

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to help us build, plant, and maintain our educational and ornamental garden beds. Although most of the community garden plots are maintained and accessed by renters, we have reserved several plots for general community use. These beds are perfect for one-time garden projects for groups or individuals. Plan a work day, earn a badge, or just enjoy working in the dirt for an afternoon! See our Spruce Program for more on how you can be a garden volunteer.

Apply to Rent a Plot in the Community Garden

Garden plot rentals are allocated via an annual lottery system. During the month of December each year we provide a four-week application period open to Cary residents only. All beds become open for this lottery period and all current renters must reenter an application for a chance to rent a bed again the following year. At the close of the application period we randomly select applicants for all available rental beds and create a wait list for all remaining applicants. In previous years the Town has charged $33 per applicant when they are awarded their plot rental. This system is designed to maximize our community's access to this garden experience as well as support individual plot renters in a successful "garden year" for their families. Stay tuned for our 2019 Community Garden Application that will be posted here by December 1, 2018. 


Construction of Carpenter Park began in the summer of 2014 and included a plan for a community garden as one of its features. The park was funded in the Bond Referendum passed by Cary Citizens in 2012.

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Sarah Justice
Environmental Outreach Program Coordinator 
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources 
P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
(919) 469-4301

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