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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: March 14, 2019

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. 

FREE Gardening Class: Vegetable Garden Basics Workshop - March 14, 2019

In partnership with Kansas City Community Gardens, the Independence Parks, Recreation, and Tourism is sponsoring a gardening class free to the public.  This class will discuss and answer questions about basic garden bed planting so you can have a prosperous garden.

Location: Roger T. Sermon Center, 2nd Floor (South Room)

Time:  4:30-5:30 PM

Plant Distribution: Kansas City Community Garden (KCCG) Event

Cool Season Plants

Thursday, March 28, 2019:  4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Warm Season Plants

Thursday, May 2, 2019:  4:00 PM-5:00PM

 *Both will be held at the Roger T. Sermon Center, Second Floor (South Room)

KCCG is a garden membership organization.  Home gardeners can purchase memberships from $2-$25 depending on household income.  Each membership includes 10 packs of seeds for free and a subscription to our gardening newsletter.  Additional seeds, vegetable plants, fertilizer and other garden supplies are available at a low cost to members. KCCG membership applications are completed annually and are good from October 1-September 30 of each year.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the KCCG at 816-931-3877.  Or you may visit their website at

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.