Member Expectations

The garden should be a safe place for the community, children, and other gardeners. Do not bring anything that will compromise the safety of the garden. To ensure enjoyable gardening experience for all of the garden community, please observe the rules of the garden and be a good neighbor.

The garden’s Executive Team has the duty of enforcing rules and making decisions for the garden. They have authority to resolve conflicts, including refusing a plot to a gardener or dismissing a current gardener.

Please communicate with garden leaders and/or other gardeners about any concerning issues that arise. If there is a situation of immediate danger please contact local police.


Members must apply each year for a plot, though returning gardeners will be given first priority and be permitted to keep the same plot if they wish.

In general, you should expect to visit and tend to your plot at least once a week, keeping in mind that actual commitment will vary throughout the growing season. You are responsible for your own plot as well as four volunteer work hours contributing to the upkeep of the whole garden space. This can occur at work parties or by contacting the Membership Coordinator.

If you are unable to care for your plot for a period of time, perhaps because of illness or vacation, you must ask a fellow gardener or the Maintenance Director for help with weeding and harvesting, or otherwise arrange for your plot to be maintained. Failure to do so may subject you to warnings from the Maintenance Director and potentially the forfeiture of your security deposit for the season.

It is vital that gardeners follow considerations detailed in the Aesthetic Assurances section. CSCG is a very public space and it is important that it look well kept at all times. Contact the Maintenance Director with any questions about this.

Please maintain an organic garden. Guidelines and examples are included in the Organic Standards section.

If you decide not to use your plot, you must contact the Membership Coordinator so it may be reassigned. If there is no evidence of activity at your plot two weeks after the Maintenance Notice, it will be reassigned. Similarly, if your plot is becoming overgrown or otherwise in violation of aesthetic guidelines, you will receive a warning. If within one week there has been no action, your plot will be reassigned.

If you have a surplus of vegetables or fruits, please contact the Educational Director. Your excess produce can be included with harvests from the educational plot in the donation to the Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry .

Do not disturb or harvest others’ gardens, even if you think they have neglected their plot.

The garden is not for commercial use; you cannot sell your produce or post any advertisements.

If you use the garden’s tools, please return them to the storage area when done and re-lock the storage bench.

Signs identifying plot names must be left in place all season.

Teach your children to respect others’ plots and to conserve water.

Keep the garden clean by taking trash and large amounts of plant material home with you.

Please keep pets from disturbing plots.

Members are encouraged to take the location of the garden into consideration when planning their plots. Flowers, especially edible flowers, help beautify the beds for the neighborhood and community and encourage pollinators. Plants should also be hardy, drought resistant, and adaptable whenever possible. The Educational Director can assist members with finding appropriate plants.

Members understand the location of the garden is owned by the Madison Water Utilities. They reserve the right to restrict access to the gardens and to relocate or remove items from the deck in order to perform required maintenance at the site. In an emergency this could happen with very little or no notice. The Communications Director will send out a notice should this happen.


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