Teams of volunteers aid the City of Livonia by tending the various gardens at Greenmead, including the Simmons-Hill House and Newburg Church gardens. The garden areas are a favorite spot for wedding photographs or a leisurely stroll.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer "Greenmead Gardener," please call the office at (248) 477-7375.
Garden plots at Greenmead Historical Park (Newburgh and Eight Mile Roads) are available for rent. Plots are 24x24 feet and are most often filled with a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. Water is available on site. Gardeners must clear, prepare and maintain their own garden.
Returning gardeners have been notified that they are able to register for the upcoming garden season beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, online - or at either Greenmead Historical Park or the Kirksey Recreation Center - until Friday, Feb. 25. You can also mail in your payment, along with your signed Release and Hold Harmless form, and signed Community Gardens Rules form, to Greenmead. Returning gardeners not registered by Feb. 25 will not have a guaranteed spot in 2022.
New gardeners are to read the Community Gardens Rules before signing up. New gardener registration begins 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, in person at Greenmead’s Alexander Blue House following an 8:30 a.m. Question and Answer session and overview of what to expect as a new gardener. In-person registration will run 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. April 5 at Greenmead’s Alexander Blue House before online registration for new gardeners opens April 6. Plot availability is limited this season and plot requests are not guaranteed. One plot per household. Preference will be given to residents of Livonia in assigning garden plots.
The cost is $32 for residents and $45 for non-residents, per plot. For more information, call (248) 477-7375.
The Community Gardens' preparations are moving along quickly, and the Gardeners' Meeting will take place 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, outside the Alexander Blue House at the picnic tables. This is an important meeting because you cannot garden without receiving your packet, which will be handed out then. Richard will verify your garden plot(s) with you, and will talk about gardening rules and tips. The meeting length will depend on how many questions there are about gardening.