Eagle Heights Garden Plots for 2021 – Applications Available Soon!

Garden plots in University Apartments' Eagle Heights gardens.

The Eagle Heights Gardens are one of the oldest and largest community gardens in this country. If you are interested in having a garden at Eagle Heights or University Houses Gardens next year, the applications for 2021 will be available starting December 15, 2020. You can fill out and submit an application on-line, or you can print one from the website and drop it off at the Eagle Heights Community Center drop-box, along with your check for the fees.  You can also pick up paper applications, in English or in Chinese, at the Community Center, by the drop-box, beginning December 15.

Our website is at www.eagleheightsgardens.org  Besides the applications, there is lots of information about the Gardens on the website.

Both small and large garden plots are available. Large plots at Eagle Heights are about 20’ X 25’ (6 X 8 meters), and small plots are about half that size. University Houses Gardens plots are slightly bigger. Eagle Heights plots must be gardened organically, but University Houses has both organic and non-organic sections. For residents of Eagle Heights, Harvey Street, and University Houses apartments, large plots are $32 and small plots are $20. You don’t have to be an Eagle Heights resident or even connected to the University to get a garden plot, but residents and students have priority.

If you submit an application on-line, you will need to drop off your payment for the plot separately, at the Community Center dropbox. We accept personal checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks from banks. We cannot accept cash, credit cards, or starter checks. (Those are checks that don’t have account numbers, or printed names and addresses.) Please make your check or money order payable to DIVISION OF UNIVERSITY HOUSING.

People who had garden plots in 2020 will have until February 15 to renew their plots. Remaining plots will be assigned to new gardeners beginning in late February. We usually have about 200 garden plots available each year for new gardeners.

Opening day for garden season will be late in March. Also in late March, we will hold a Seed Fair or a seed give-away, with free seeds for our gardeners.

If you have any questions about the Gardens or the applications, please contact the Gardens Registrar, at ehgardens@rso.wisc.edu