Community Garden

garden sign

Mission Statement

Promote a sense of community through the shared interest and participation in cultivating a garden.

Garden Rules

  • Look, but please don't pick. We are growing food to eat and to donate.
  • Plots and their contents are tended and cared for by UT Dallas gardeners only.
  • Natural is the way of the garden. Please keep pesticides, herbicides and chemicals out.
  • Please report leaky hoses or missing supplies to OSV.
  • Chase away critters.

Contact the OSV if you would like to get involved with the garden.

For problems requiring immediate maintenance or repair, please contact the UT Dallas Facilities Management or UT Dallas Police. For emergencies, call 911.

Love for the Garden

“[The people] are so much fun to talk to and hang out with, especially because they truly and really do care about sustainability.” —Suhrud Kulkarni, Gardener

“The flowers are my favorite part of the UTD Community garden. They add color and beauty all around. It just fills me with joy when I come. I get a big smile especially after seeing the huge sunflowers.” —Gurleen Chawla, Gardener

“I love plants. I love plants a crazy amount. I really enjoy being outdoors when I can!” -Gianna Weingarden, Gardener

“I get to meet new people, and practice one of my favorite hobbies!” -Rebecca Hummel, Gardener

“I really enjoyed the garden workdays, and coming together and meeting everyone with a common passion!” -Anonymous

The UT Dallas Community Garden program provides Comets with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of natural gardening and community greening.

Garden MapLocation and Directions

Location: The UT Dallas Community Garden is at the southwest corner of the Phase I apartment complex on the UTD campus.

Directions: Turn onto Franklyn Jenifer Drive from Waterview Parkway and take a right into the Phase 1 apartment complex parking lot. Continue south to the UT Dallas Community Garden.

Ways to Participate

There are a variety of ways to engage with the UT Dallas Community Garden. Each opportunity varies in time commitment and level of involvement.

Upkeep Events

For Comets who are looking for a one-time introductory experience at the garden, the OSV offers two Garden Upkeep events per semester. At these events, volunteers can tour the garden, learn about the program and assist with hands on planting and harvesting. Check out the OSV’s events page for upcoming opportunities. No experience necessary.

Garden Helpers

Garden Helpers attend monthly garden workdays on Saturday mornings and work alongside registered plot holders to tend to the community spaces and complete general garden tasks (mulching, weeding, etc.). After attending at least two workdays within an academic year, Garden Helpers may add their name to the waiting list to adopt a plot. Each Garden Helper must attend a garden orientation. Please visit the Community Garden Page on EngageUTD to register for upcoming orientations.

Plot Holders

Individual plots become available to interested Garden Helpers when current Plot Holders graduate or decide to transition out of the program. Upon approval, each new gardener may tend to a ½ plot, free of charge. Assignments are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are interested in tending to a plot must be available to attend a Saturday Garden Workday. Garden Workdays are once monthly, with dates announced at the beginning of each semester.

Semester Bulletins

The UT Dallas Community Garden Bulletin provides semester highlights and educational information and resources for gardeners.

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