Gardens

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.

COMMUNITY GARDENS

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.

2024 Registration

The gardening season runs approximately May 17-Oct. 11.

Gardeners from the 2023 season who kept their gardens well tended will be notified by mail in January that they have the opportunity to return for the upcoming garden season. Starting 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, payment can be made either online, or in person at Greenmead Historical Park or the Kirksey Recreation Center. A check made payable to City of Livonia can also be mailed, along with the signed Release and Hold Harmless form, and signed Community Gardens Rules form, to Greenmead Historical Park. Payment must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in order to have a guaranteed spot in 2024.

New gardeners are to read the Community Gardens Rules before signing up. New gardener registration for Livonia residents begins in person 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Greenmead’s Alexander Blue House. Non-resident registration begins 9 a.m. Thursday, April 11, in person at Greenmead's Alexander Blue House and runs 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Online registration for new gardeners opens Friday, April 12.  A question-and-answer session with an overview of what to expect as a new gardener will begin at 8:30 a.m. on each of those days and end at approximately 9 a.m. One plot per household is allowed. The cost is $32 for residents and $45 for non-residents, per plot. For more information, call (248) 477-7375.

The Community Gardens Meeting will take place on 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, outside the Alexander Blue House at the picnic tables. Garden packets will be handed out at the meeting, and you cannot garden until you have your packet. Richard will talk about gardening rules and tips, and answer questions at the meeting, then will verify your garden plot with you after the meeting. The meeting length will depend on how many questions there are about gardening.