Parks and Recreation

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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 Selena Good at

Hawthorne Garden

Fairmount Garden


White Oak Community Garden (136 N. White Oak) Sign-Ups


Garden beds are $10.00 each, cash only, due at sign-up. Sign-ups will take place at the Independence Health Department, 515 S Liberty.

Tuesday, February 27, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Monday, March 12, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Kansas City Community Garden memberships will be available for purchase ($2 low-to-no income and $12 for everyone else, cash only)*

See flyer for more information.

FREE Gardening Classes

In partnership with Kansas City Community Gardens, the Independence Health Department is sponsoring gardening classes free to the public.

Monday, March 12, 6 – 7 p.m.: Vegetable Garden Basics

Monday, April 9, 6 – 7 p.m.: Tomatoes, Peppers and Sweet Potatoes - Oh My!

Monday, May 14, 6 – 7 p.m.: Cooking with Spring’s Greens

See flyer for more information.

Plant Distribution

Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty

Thursday March 29: 4 - 5:30 p.m., Spring - Cool Season Plants

May 3: 4 - 5:30 p.m., Summer - Warm Season Plants

August 2: 4 - 5:30 p.m., Fall, Cool Season Plants NEW LOCATION!! Roger T Sermon Center (201 N, Dodgion Rd.) South Room

A Kansas City Community Garden membership is required to participate in this part of the program. Memberships can be purchased at each distribution.

Members are entitled to receive 10 packets of seeds (your choice), a five-pound bag of fertilizer, a community gardening newsletter, discount on additional seeds and fertilizer, a discount on vegetable plants and tiller loan privileges.

See flyer for more information.

Building a raised bed in your back yard.

Hawthorne Garden highlights video

Community gardens located in Independence include:

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 Selena Good: (816) 325-7187
    • 136 N. White Oak (West of Community Service League building)
  • Habitat for Humanity Garden
    • Open to the community
    • Contact Christine Williams: (816) 230-0007
    • 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

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. For more information or to reserve a bed, contact the Independence Health Department at (816) 325-7185.