Garden Rental

Photos of UWEX Garden Plots


2024 Key Dates:

February 9-15: Registration paperwork for returning gardeners will be sent by mail.

March 12, 19, 26: Optional in-person registration for returning gardeners will be held at Extension Milwaukee County offices from 2:00-6:00 pm.

March 20: Deadline for returning gardeners to return their registrations. Previous garden renters from whom we have not heard by this date will be assumed to be uninterested in 2024 plot rental, and their former plots will become availible to other participants. If you are expecting a renewal letter, don’t wait till the last minute–please get in touch!

April 2: Registration for new gardeners begins.

April 2, 9: In-person registration for new (and returning) gardeners begins at the Extension Milwaukee County offices from 2:00-6:00 pm.


 Use this map to find your local Extension Community Garden!

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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.

New Gardeners

If you did not rent a garden last year and would like to request a garden fill out the New Plot Request Form 2023 and return it 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 2, 2024 when plots become available for new gardeners to rent.

New gardeners will be assigned plots as they become available, but not before pre-registration for returning gardeners is complete on April 2.

If you need to contact the garden rental assistants please send an email, leave us a voicemail at 414-615-0538, or visit during our Office Hours. If you call, please leave a detailed message on what we can help with and your preferred language. We will call you back when we are available.