Parks and Recreation

Community Gardens 2019meeting

The Independence Community Garden Association (ICGA) provides a forum for all gardeners in Independence to network with each other and share ideas, resources, and expertise.

The vision of ICGA is a community coming together for better health and better living through gardening.

The mission of ICGA is to encourage and nurture the development of community gardens and gardeners to grow and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. The ICGA supports community gardens that foster self-sufficiency, recreation, education, sustainability and social harmony.

For more information on community gardens in Independence, contact Suzanne Meyer at or Mary Ripley at

Hawthorne Garden

Fairmount Garden

White Oak Community Garden (136 N. White Oak) Sign-Ups: No more Beds are currently available.

The White Oak Community Garden bed rental will take place on March 14, 2019 from 3:30-4:30 PM at the Roger T Sermon Center (201 N Dodgion St.).  Cost is $10 (exact cash only) for a garden bed.  Limit one garden bed per person.  If you are unable to attend this date, or have any other questions, please contact Suzanne Meyer at or call 816-325-7320 to make arrangements to come in another time. 

Upcoming Events:

Edible Plants

Location:  Palmer Center

Thursday, May 23rd at 10:30 a.m

Ruth Farrand-Cox from The Wild Ones will share which wild plants in your yard or meadow might be great for soups, salads, or other dishes.  She will also share with you some that have been used for decades for medicinal reasons by our ancestors.


Getting Healthy Through Gardening

Location:  Palmer Center

May 16th - Aug 22nd from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

This class will be taught by the University of Missouri Extension.

When you garden, you are harvesting health!  Gardening improves your health in many ways.  It's great exercise and provides you a chance to eat more fresh produce!  Join us for this interactive class while you learn ways to grow your own vegetables


If you have questions about the above events, please contact the Palmer Center at 816-325-6200. 

The Palmer Center is located at:

218 North Pleasant Street


National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

Find additional resources for community, home gardening, and resources for children on the NRPA website.

Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City

For horticultural information and training using information that is specific to the local climate, soils, and plants, check out Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City.

Community Gardens Located in Independence

Independence has three gardens open to the public where you can rent garden beds. These include: 

  • White Oak Community Garden
    • Open to the community
    • Contact Suzanne Meyer:  816-325-7320 or Mary Ripley: 816-325-7191
    • 136 N. White Oak (West of Community Service League building)
  • Habitat for Humanity Garden
    • Open to the community
    • Contact  816-461-6551
    • 505 N. Dodgion
  • Hy-Vee Community Garden
    • Open to the community
    • Contact Teequa Knapp: 816-478-7090
    • 4545 S Noland Road

There are also several gardens that are available for residents. These include:  

  • The Groves
    • Open to residents at the Groves
    • 1515 W White Oak
  • Mount Washington Apartments
    • Open to residents at Mount Washington
    • 570 S Evanston Ave
  • Hawthorne Community Garden
    • Open to residents of Hawthorne neighborhood
    • 16995 Dover Lane
  • Fairmount Plaza Garden
    • Open to residents of Fairmount Plaza
    • 615 N. Huttig Avenue
  • St. Paul Community Gardens
    •  3601 S. Sterling Ave.
    • Questions: Sara Scheil (816) 356-6986


The White Oak Community Garden was opened in 2014, using land owned by the city. The garden is open to all Independence residents who wish to garden.