Welcome to ColumbiaGardeners.com

Vision, Mission and Values

What is Columbia Gardeners?

Columbia Gardeners, Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing gardening opportunities in Howard County, in partnership with the Howard County Recreation and Parks Department. We offer garden plots at three locations (Elkhorn, Long Reach, and West Side).  Currently, Columbia Gardeners serves gardeners with over 600 plots.
Our gardeners are an eclectic group, ranging from novice to experienced – from mother-daughter teams to seniors – and our gardeners represent countries from all over the world:  Burma, Japan, China, Haiti, Russia, the Ukraine and more.  We have gardeners who grew up on farms as well as city folk.  This wonderful mixture of backgrounds and experience and cultures helps make the gardening experience at Columbia Gardens fun, rewarding, and educational.
Each site offers garden plots that are approximately 20 X 25 feet, access to these plots by common pathways, centrally located water supplies, common compost bins, wood chips, parking, a locking entrance gate, and picnic tables.  Gardeners are responsible for fencing (except at the expansion plots at Elkhorn and Long Reach, both of which have a fence surrounding the entire set of new gardens), tilling/digging, planting, watering, weeding, and performing four hours of site service per plot per year.
In addition, Elkhorn and Long Reach sites have a new set of gardens surrounded by a fence for organic gardening.
We have a variety of social and educational events during the gardening year, April through October, including talks by Master Gardeners, talks by regional gardening experts, seed exchanges, garden work days, bird walks, butterfly walks, plant diagnostic workshops, garden tours, and picnics.

How do I get a plot?

We currently have a waiting list for the gardening year.  If you are a Howard County resident and would like to be added to the list, please use the Wait List Request Form on our website.

If you do not have an email account, send a letter to: Columbia Gardeners
P.O. Box 193
Columbia, MD 21045


Please include the following information in the email or letter:

*Full name, phone numbers, email, home address.
*Your site preference: please choose only one.
*If you want to be / agree to be an organic gardener.
*How you heard about Columbia Gardeners.

When a spot becomes available from the waiting list at your preferred site, you will be notified by the site manager.

The sites are located here.

Upcoming Events

Please note that dates and events are subject to change/cancellation depending on the status of the Coronavirus pandemic. Site manager email updates will provide further information closer to the scheduled dates.

Spring Meeting: Save The Date for April 19
Details to follow in site manager email updates

Weeding Deadline: April 15

Spring Clean Up/Projects Day:
West Side, April 23, 9:00am
Elkhorn I & II, April 30, 9:00am
Long Reach I & II, April 30, 9:00am
All Rain Dates are the next day at 9:00am.

Deadline To Prepare Your Plot: May 15

Fall CG Picnic: September 17
Host: Elkorn Site
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Rain Date September 18.

Fall Meeting: October 19
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
Social hour, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Regular Meeting, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Fall 2022 Meeting Minutes Vote

Fall Clean Up/Projects Day:
West Side, none, Dumpster for Compostable materials available October 29
Elkhorn I & II, October 22
Long Reach I & II, October 29
All Rain Dates are the next day at 9:00am.