Parks and Recreation

White Oak Community Garden 2019kale

We currently do not have an more garden beds available for this season. Please check back periodically for information for renting next year.

For more information on renting a bed at the White Oak Community Garden in Independence, contact Suzanne Meyer at or Mary Ripley at

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

No more garden beds are currently available. Please check back later in the year for information about renting in 2020.

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

Kansas City Community Gardens will not be selling plants and seeds for the upcoming Fall season at the Sermon Center. 
You may contact them at 816-931-3877 for additional information.

varietyGetting Healthy Through Gardening
Location:  Palmer Center
When: 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 event, 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)

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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


eggplantThere 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.