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Garden applications Applications for 2017 garden plots are now on our website. Go to "Plot Applications" in the box on the left of this page. The deadline to renew plots from 2016 was February 15, 2017. New applicants can apply at any time, and will receive their plot assignments after February 15.

Garden meetings are generally the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. All gardeners are encouraged to attend meetings and help run the gardens.

Last Updated, February 23, 2017

About the Garden

The University of Wisconsin’s Eagle Heights Community Gardens (EHCG) was established in 1962 to offer Eagle Heights residents and the UW and Madison communities the opportunity to have an organic garden and participate in garden activities. EHCG is one of the oldest and largest community gardens in the United States.

The EHCG are located in a peaceful natural setting adjacent to the University of Wisconsin’s Eagle Heights Housing and within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. At last count - the pool of gardners speak approximately 60 languages. The gardens feature gardening practices from around the world. The setting provides also a wonderful place for meeting fellow gardeners, family picnics and walks, and bird watching.

Important Dates

  • Upcoming Garden Committee Meetings:
  • The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 8, in Room 139 at the Eagle Heights Community Center. Pot-luck at 6:30, meeting at 7:00pm.
  • Application deadline to guarantee plot assignment for returning gardeners was February 15, 2017. New gardeners can still apply.
  • Workday Obligations:
  • Dec. 1, last day to fulfill workday obligation or pay the no-workday fee. Failure to pay the fee (or meet the obligation) by this date will result in gardeners losing their returning gardener ability to request the same plot and the need to pay this fee prior to the next application being accepted. There is also a late-fee penalty of $20 that will be assessed in addition if the obligation is not met by December 1.

Our Purpose

The University Apartments Community Gardens are an opportunity for the UW Madison community and area residents to enjoy nature, build community, learn about gardening, and feed their families. Specifically our purposes are:

  1. Nutritional – The gardens are an important source of fresh produce for many students and their families
  2. Recreational – The gardens are an opportunity for many people to enjoy nature and interact with the earth.
  3. Educational – We help our gardeners learn about the natural world, new gardening techniques, and ways to garden in an organic or environmentally friendly manner.
  4. Community building – The gardens are a place where students, university and community members from diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds can interact, learn from each other, and share in the creation of an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly space.

These purposes are an outgrowth of the broader goals of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, of which the gardens are a part, and its mission to "shelter biologically significant plant and animal communities for teaching, research, outreach, and environmentally sensitive use, and safeguard beloved cultural landscapes."