Will-Detmer Gardens

Join our Organic Community Garden community today!

With your rental you will have access to…

Workshops and Trainings; Produce and knowledge swaps; Composting area; Finished compost and woodchips; Fenced and locked garden space; Produce wash station; Communal tools and equipment; Active honeybee hives; Fruit bearing trees; Volunteer opportunities with our garden partners( Hoosier Hills Food Bank and The Plant Truck Project)…and more!

Reserve A Garden Plot Online

Type of Garden *Allotted Season Size **Fee
Raised Bed: half 4 per gardener April 15th- Nov. 7th 4′ x 8′ $25
Year-Round Plot 4 per gardener Jan. 1st – Dec. 31st 10′ x 10′ $25
Seasonal Plot 4 per gardener April 15th – Nov. 7th 10′ x 10′ $25
Seasonal Plot ADA 1 per gardener April 15th – Oct. 31st 10′ x 10′ approx. $25
*With approval of Garden Manager, a gardener may rent additional plots/beds over the allotted number after May 1. Please go online after May 1st to rent additional plots/beds

**Scholarships are available. Please contact the Garden Manager at 812.349.2805 or abrunelle@co.monroe.in.us for more information

If you have reserved a plot and need to enter the garden area, please call the office at (812) 349-2800 to obtain the Key Code which will allow entry into the Gardens.

View or Print Garden Forms

Aerial Map of Will Detmer Park Gardens

Organic Gardening Guidelines

Will Detmer Garden Registration Form

Will Detmer Organic Garden Agreement


When can I start gardening?

    • Seasonal rentals begin around mid-april (contingent on weather and frost) for 2022. Year-long rentals manage their rental from January 1st-December 31st.
    • The 2022 last frost date is predicted to be April 25th.  It is recommended that all summer crops wait to be planted until after the first week of May to avoid any unexpected frost mortalities.

How do I pay for a plot?

    • There are three main ways to pay/rent-
      • 1) Online using Credit Card
      • 2) Mail a check to the office with a completed registration form and signed agreement
      • 3) Set up an appointment to pay in cash/check at the office

Can I look at the plots before I decide?

    • Absolutely! Potential renters can set up an appointment with the Garden Manager/Naturalist (abrunelle@co.monroe.in.us or 812-349-2805) for a tour of the gardens.

Do you allow trellising?

    • Yes, however, all garden accessories must remain within rented plot boundaries. If the renter is in a raised bed, they cannot nail, staple, attach garden accessories to the sides of the bed

Can I bring my own fertilizer?

    • Yes as long as if it follows our organic gardening guidelines. When purchasing an organic fertilizer, make sure it is “OMRI” certified.

Do you have pests at the garden?

    • All open, outdoor spaces are potential habitats for pests. The garden has a pest ID guide on-site and questions can be sent to me for pest assistance and advice. Our gardens rarely have deer issues due to the tall fence.

Do you till?

    • We are moving towards a no-till method, however, we are currently tilling ground plots. If you rent early you can email the garden manager and request to be on a “NO-TILL” list.

Can I bring my children?

    • Children are welcome to accompany their adult guardian but are not allowed in the area unsupervised.