COVID-19 Update: Please review Community Gardening Best Practices as advised by the Kingston Community Gardening Network Coordinator, based on KFL&A recommendations.
The garden, located at West Campus, provides space for Queen's community members to 'grow' their gardening skills.
This popular initiative consistently has a waiting list for spots. Garden plots will be assigned on a ‘first come first serve basis' - please sign up early to avoid disappointment!
There are 19 raised garden plots, approximately 3 feet by 7 feet, located at the West Campus site adjacent to the stone house near Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. Gardeners pay an annual rental fee of $25, which provides access to the site during the season (May 1 to October 31), a garden plot, water and gardening tools.
No prior gardening experience is required, as each plot is maintained by an individual renter.
- Postpone any events to avoid people gathering in close contact.
- Practice social distancing within the garden when multiple gardeners are present on site
- Consider limiting the number of people in the garden at any given time. If too many people are present, please return at another time to access your plot.
- Wear gloves when using shared tools, or bring your own tools from home.
- Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or who has come into contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, or who has travelled outside of Canada in the past two weeks should NOT come to the gardens.
- Everyone should wash their hands before entering the garden and upon exiting.
- Disinfect surfaces on a regular basis, including reusable bins and buckets, shared tools, railings, doorknobs, tables, and gate latches.
- Plan ahead. Be prepared for the possibility that there may be limited access to the garden or gardeners may be sick at critical times in the future; identify someone who may be able to look after your plot in the event you become sick, and offer to do the same for a fellow gardener.
- Stay engaged. The garden is the social center for many gardeners. Social distance need not lead to social isolation. Stay in touch even when you can’t gather in person. Use your virtual means, such as social media and newsletters, to foster connection. Some ideas: share stories, tips and strategies; recipes; photos of home gardens and gardens from previous years; online webinars on gardening topics.