Teams of volunteers aid the City of Livonia by tending the various gardens at Greenmead, including the Simmons-Hill House and Newburg Church gardens. The garden areas are a favorite spot for wedding photographs or a leisurely stroll.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer "Greenmead Gardener," please call the office at (248) 477-7375.
Garden plots at Greenmead Historical Park (Newburgh and Eight Mile Roads) are available for rent. Plots are 24x24 feet and are most often filled with a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. Water is available on-site. Gardeners must clear, prepare and maintain their own garden.
Returning gardeners were able to register for the upcoming garden season starting Tuesday, Jan. 17.
New gardeners are to read the Community Gardens Rules before signing up. New gardener registration for Livonia residents begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, in person at Greenmead’s Alexander Blue House and 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, for non-residents, following an 8:30 a.m. Question-and-Answer session and overview of what to expect as a new gardener. Online registration for new gardeners opens Thursday, April 13. Plot availability is limited this season and plot requests are not guaranteed. One plot per household. Preference will be given to residents of Livonia in assigning garden plots. The gardening season runs approximately May 17-Oct. 13.
Please note: in-person registration at Greenmead will take place Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.
The cost is $32 for residents and $45 for non-residents, per plot. For more information, call (248) 477-7375.
The Community Gardens' preparations are moving along quickly, and the Gardeners' Meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, inside the Newburg Church. This is an important meeting because you cannot garden without receiving your packet, which will be handed out then. Your garden plot(s) will be verified, and gardening rules and tips will be discussed. The meeting length will depend on how many questions there are about gardening.