Community Garden

garden sign

Mission Statement

Promote a sense of community through the shared interest and participation in cultivating a garden.

Garden Rules

  • Look, but please don't pick. We are growing food to eat and to donate.
  • Plots and their contents are tended and cared for by UT Dallas gardeners only.
  • Natural is the way of the garden. Please keep pesticides, herbicides and chemicals out.
  • Please report leaky hoses or missing supplies to OSV.
  • Chase away critters.

Contact the OSV if you would like to get involved with the garden.

For problems requiring immediate maintenance or repair, please contact the UT Dallas Facilities Management or UT Dallas Police. For emergencies, call 911.

Love for the Garden

“[The people] are so much fun to talk to and hang out with, especially because they truly and really do care about sustainability.” —Suhrud Kulkarni, Gardener

“The flowers are my favorite part of the UTD Community garden. They add color and beauty all around. It just fills me with joy when I come. I get a big smile especially after seeing the huge sunflowers.” —Gurleen Chawla, Gardener

“I love plants. I love plants a crazy amount. I really enjoy being outdoors when I can!” -Gianna Weingarden, Gardener

“I get to meet new people, and practice one of my favorite hobbies!” -Rebecca Hummel, Gardener

“I really enjoyed the garden workdays, and coming together and meeting everyone with a common passion!” -Anonymous

The UT Dallas Community Garden program provides Comets with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of natural gardening and community greening.

In addition to year-round plot maintenance, participation in the UT Dallas Community Garden program involves active involvement with group activities, such as monthly garden workdays, educational workshops and other program-related events.

The Office of Student Volunteerism (OSV) facilitates member registration as well as garden workdays.

Garden MapLocation and Directions

Location: The UT Dallas Community Garden is located in the southwest corner of the Phase I apartment complex. In fall 2015, the garden was relocated to accommodate for university growth and development. Relocating allowed for garden expansion, improved irrigation and lighting for evening gardening. See the full transition to the new garden in our UT Dallas Community Garden Rebuild video.

Directions: Turn onto Franklyn Jenifer Drive from Waterview Parkway and take a right into the Phase 1 apartment complex parking lot. Continue south to the UT Dallas Community Garden.

Ways to Participate

Present a Workshop

We are always looking for master gardeners and sustainability experts to share their knowledge and skills with our students. Please contact the OSV for more information.

GardenersGarden Helpers

The garden is always in need of volunteers to assist with general garden maintenance (watering, weeding, etc.) and special projects (informational booths, Earth Week events, etc.). No gardening experience necessary! Contact the OSV for more information. If you would like to become a Garden Helper, please complete the Garden Interest form.

Adopt a Plot

Active Garden Helpers automatically qualify for the next available plot. Upon approval, each new gardener may tend to a ½ plot, free of charge, and assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are interested in tending to a plot must be available to attend the Saturday Garden Workdays (see dates below). For a listing of terms and conditions, read the UT Dallas Community Garden Plot Adoption and Participation Agreement.

Garden Work Days

Fall 2018 Garden Workdays (for current gardeners):

* Dates and times are subject to change. Must be a part of the garden to attend.

Semester Bulletins

The UT Dallas Community Garden Bulletin provides semester highlights and educational information and resources for gardeners.