Gardens and Parks

Community GardenMidway Green Spirit Community Garden
Midway Green Spirit Community Garden, at Taylor and Hamline Avenues, founded and run by volunteers, is a place for people to garden together, build community, and beautify our neighborhood.
Individual gardeners tend their own plots, raising vegetables and flowers for their own use. A portion of the garden, called the Community Circle, is set aside to raise food for donation to local food shelves. Gardeners are expected to contribute 1 hour a week in various jobs to help run the garden. Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis to St. Paul residents. Photos are available here. Returning gardeners are given preference. For more information please contact Steve Mitrione at 651-642-1399.

Friends of Horton Park
Friends of Horton Park is a gardening group that maintains the native plant community gardens in Horton Park (at Hamline and Minnehaha Avenues).  Activities include creating and planting the community gardens at Horton Park, keeping Horton Park clean, creating interpretive garden signs, and hosting occasional community events. See photos from past Friends of Horton Park events.

The group meets May through October, usually the second Sunday of each month from 12:00noon to 2:00pm. Check the website for confirmation. New volunteers of any experience level are always welcome. The group is also looking for people skilled in interpretive signage, carpentry, website maintenance, and event organization. For more information, visit the website at http://groups.google.com/group/hortonpark or contact the volunteer co-leaders Hannah and Stephanie at hortonpark@gmail.com (preferred), 651-644-6790 (Hannah), or 651-508-4415 (Stephanie).Planters

Snelling Avenue Planters
Planting is coordinated by the Hamline Midway Environmental Group, with support from Hamline University. Stewards are always needed for individual planters and occasional maintenance events. See photos from the Snelling Avenue Planters project here. For more information, contact Michael Jon Olson, Executive Director at 651-646-1986 or michaeljon@hamlinemidway.org.

Hamline-Thomas Community Garden

The Hamline-Thomas Community Garden is located on the north-east corner of Hamline Avenue and Thomas Avenue intersection.   Volunteers generally meet in early spring to plan for the upcoming growing season and then have a planting day in late May or early June.   Neighbors take pride in this garden and often weed the garden while walking by.   Plants have been generously donated by neighborhood residents, Hamline University, and Minnesota Green. The garden was started in 2007 when residents worked with business owners and the city council to improve the intersection.   The Hamline-Thomas Community Garden, on the property of the convenience store Super USA, was reclaimed from asphalt. Photos are available here.  Contact Peter Hoh at midwaypete@gmail.com or 651-246-8749 to get involved.