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Zanesville Community Garden

About Us

Zanesville Community Gardens is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to helping Muskingum County residents grow their own food. The primary garden is Maple-Harding Community Garden.

We do this by:

  • Providing safe and friendly areas for gardening and community interaction.
  • Offering workshops for residents to learn about gardening and the nutritional benefits of growing their own food.
  • Partnering youth groups and Master Gardeners with our senior citizen gardeners.
  • Educating children about the natural world and encouraging them to plant their own gardens


Maintaining our gardens during the growing season is a huge undertaking. We welcome any assistance we can get! Here is how you can help:

  • Assist with grounds upkeep-planting, weeding and watering the shared community garden areas, herb and butterfly gardens and the flower garden perimeters.
  • Construction-help with constructing raised beds, installing rain barrels and watering systems, and erecting fencing and plant supports.
  • “Partner with a Gardener”-assist an assigned senior gardener with maintaining his or her garden on a weekly basis. (Usually one hour or less per week, depending on need)
  • Public Relations-Spread the word about Zanesville Community Gardens by speaking to to civic groups and other interested organizations. Get your family and friends involved!

Request A Plot

Plots are available on a first come first serve basis.  Not everyone who applies will get a plot because of this.  We only have so much space.

Primary Rules

Assignment of garden plots will be on a first come basis upon completion of the commitment application and “Release of all Claims” form. Preference for next year’s plots will be awarded to this year’s gardeners first.

Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their garden plot. Watering, weeding, harvesting and any other garden related maintenance are all the responsibility of the assigned gardener. Gardener may arrange for other gardeners to care for their plots only if they have given written permission to do so and have notified the ZCG Committee.

Gardeners may harvest vegetables, fruits and flowers from their personal plots only.

Personal garden plots should be cared for at least one time a week. If any plot remains unattended for three weeks or more it shall be considered abandoned and available for reassignment.

At the end of the growing season, gardeners are responsible for clearing their plot of all plant material and leaving the plot as they found it in the spring. Those that do not comply with this rule will not be assigned a plot the following year.

Children are encouraged to participate and are welcome in the garden but must be accompanied by an adult and must be supervised at all times. Gardens assigned to children are the responsibility of the child’s parent or guardian and the same rules apply as to the adult gardens.

Pets are not permitted in the garden.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION-> Maple-Harding Garden Rules and Release Forms