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Plot applications for 2014 are available on the website but the deadline for prioritization has passed and all plots are assigned. We are maintaining a waiting list which you can get on by filling in the application and sending in the fee (half-price after June 1) In previous years, we have gotten through the waiting list by mid-summer. Garden meetings are the second Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. See sidebar at right for dates of upcoming meetings. All gardeners are encouraged to attend meetings and help run the gardens. Hope to see you there!

Last Updated June 18, 2014


About the Garden

The University of Wisconsin’s Eagle Heights Community Gardens (EHCG) was established in 1962 to offer Eagle Heights residents and the UW and Madison communities the opportunity to have an organic garden and participate in garden activities. EHCG is one of the oldest and largest community gardens in the United States.

The EHCG are located in a peaceful natural setting adjacent to the University of Wisconsin’s Eagle Heights Housing and within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. At last count - the pool of gardners speak approximately 60 languages. The gardens feature gardening practices from around the world. The setting provides also a wonderful place for meeting fellow gardeners, family picnics and walks, and bird watching.

Important Dates

  • Upcoming Garden Committee Meetings:
  • Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 pm. Meeting at the University Houses shed. Potluck, bring your own utensils and plate. Meeting to follow (and done by 8 pm). Maps are on this website under Plot Information. Rain meeting place will the Eagle Heights Community Center but we hope to meet in the gardens.
  • Workday Obligations:
  • Dec. 1, last day to fulfill workday obligation or pay the no-workday fee. Failure to pay the fee (or meet the obligation) by this date will result in gardeners losing their returning gardener ability to request the same plot and the need to pay this fee prior to 2013 application being accepted. There is also a late-fee penalty of $10 for a large plot and $5 for a small plot that will be assessed in addition if the obligation is not met by December 1.

Our Purpose

The University Apartments Community Gardens are an opportunity for the UW Madison community and area residents to enjoy nature, build community, learn about gardening, and feed their families. Specifically our purposes are:

  1. Nutritional – The gardens are an important source of fresh produce for many students and their families
  2. Recreational – The gardens are an opportunity for many people to enjoy nature and interact with the earth.
  3. Educational – We help our gardeners learn about the natural world, new gardening techniques, and ways to garden in an organic or environmentally friendly manner.
  4. Community building – The gardens are a place where students, university and community members from diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds can interact, learn from each other, and share in the creation of an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly space.

These purposes are an outgrowth of the broader goals of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, of which the gardens are a part, and its mission to "shelter biologically significant plant and animal communities for teaching, research, outreach, and environmentally sensitive use, and safeguard beloved cultural landscapes."