Will-Detmer Gardens

Please call the office at (812) 349-2800 to obtain the Key Code which will allow entry into the Gardens.

Please continue weeding and maintaining your plot, including the pathways. You may turn in your plot if you find you are unable to do this.
Raised beds and Year-round Plots may be used until Dec. 31. The Seasonal Plots may be tilled any time after Oct. 31, so please remove any stakes, cages, or other items by that date. Pull plants and place them in the compost bins. Please note that water access for Raised bed Plots will  be shut off on Friday, November 7th.
You may renew your rental contract for the same plots or raised beds (limit 4) between November 1st and December 15th. You may rent different plots starting January 1 (limit 4).
We hope you have had a pleasant and productive gardening season. Suggestions for improving the garden program are always welcome.

Garden Questions Contact:

Monroe County Parks and Recreation
501 N. Morton Street Suite 100
Bloomington, IN 47404

Reserve A Garden Plot Online

Type of Garden *Allotted Season Size Fee
Raised Bed: half 4 per gardener Jan. 1st – Dec. 31st 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.

View or Print Garden Forms

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 April 15th, 2021. Year-long rentals manage their rental from January 1st-December 31st.
    • The 2021 last frost date is predicted to be April 29th.  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.