Garden Rental

Photos of UWEX Garden Plots


To dwell is to garden.

Martin Heidegger

Grow your own heirloom, exotic and pesticide-free vegetables. Gardening is a great way to meet new people and get some exercise. Rent a garden plot today!

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Extension Milwaukee County rents garden plots in many parts of the county. We also provide technical assistance to neighborhood groups that run their own community gardens. For more information about renting a garden, read the information below and contact the garden rental assistant at 414-615-0538 or

Why Garden?

A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust.

Gertrude Jekyll

Gardens and green space are important in the urban environment. Residents at health care facilities, apartments and condominiums may not have the opportunity or space to garden. Unused urban open space can provide the needed land to build gardens. Gardens provide space to grow nutritious food and gardeners can save money on produce. Gardening is a great family recreational activity. Participants share traditions with each other and their children.

To learn more about the value of community gardening, read the “Evaluation of Community Gardens” by Jill Florence Lackey & Associates, February 1998. Copies are available from Dennis Lukaszewski at 414-615-0532 or

New Gardeners

If you did not rent a garden last year and would like to request a garden for 2020 fill out the New Plot Request Form and return by email ( or by normal mail to 6737 W Washington St, Suite 2202, West Allis, WI 53214.

The garden rental staff will assign a plot to you after April 15th when plots become available for new gardeners to rent.

In general, the garden plots do not open before the third week of May.

New gardeners will be assigned plots as they become available, but not before pre-registration for returning gardeners is complete on April 15th

If you need to contact the garden rental assistants, please leave a telephone voice mail message or send an email.  We monitor the phone messages and email often but are not in the office regularly, during the off-season.  If your phone call is during regular UWEX hours  (8:30 AM – 4 PM) and you need immediate assistance, please dial “0″ and an operator can take your message.


The Garden Rental desk is closed for the season. Our staff is available by email or phone if you have questions or concerns. Please use the contact information listed below.

 For assistance:

Leave a message at 414-615-0538 or email us at

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Office Hours (March- 2nd Week of July Only):
Monday Closed
Tuesdays Closed
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Closed
Friday Closed                       

The Garden Rental phone is (414) 615-0538.

Emails & calls will be answered or returned in as timely a manner as possible.
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