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.


Community Garden Open House

Third Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m. (April-September)

Explore the garden while learning what grows best in our region and how you can garden at home. Along with a chance 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, and more. All ages are welcome, no registration required, and no pets allowed.

Upcoming Open Houses:

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9-11 a.m.

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

Applications are closed for 2019. The next application window will open in December.

Garden plot rentals are allocated via an annual application process and lottery open to Cary residents only. All beds become open for this lottery period and current renters who would like to return the following year must submit a new application and reenter the lottery. The application period closes on January 15 at 5 p.m., and we will randomly select applicants for all available rental beds and create a wait list for all remaining applicants. The rental cost is $33 per year. 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.


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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