The Glover Park Community Garden is one of the District's largest community gardens. Located at the corner of 42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue in Northwest, Washington, D.C., this 2.7-acre garden started as a Victory Garden to address food shortages during World War II. The garden sits on federal land within Rock Creek Park managed by the National Parks Service (NPS).
The garden is run by the Glover Park Community Garden Association (GPCGA) and follows instructions given by the NPS. Gardeners must use organic gardening methods. The garden is to be used only for growing mostly vegetables and herbs for household consumption, educational purposes, or charitable donation. Commercial gardening is prohibited.
The garden is arranged on a grid system of about 150 plots, each measuring about 25' x 25'. Plots have to be fully fenced and there have been deer sightings in the area. The terrain is moderately hilly, backing into the woods but open to full sun. The community garden maintains a communal tool shed, composting area, public water and picnic tables.
The GPCGA holds an annual meeting every December to elect its officers. There are about 100 names on the wait list. While we try to turnover abandoned plots quickly, the average wait time is two to three years.