Garden Plot Program

The City's Garden Plot Program provides residents the opportunity to grow healthy food, meet people and enjoy our community through the growing season. Participants will ensure the program remains successful and enjoyable for all by reporting misuse, picking up litter and being responsible for the surrounding environment. The general public is not permitted to harvest from the garden plots. ***IF YOU DID NOT PLANT IT, DO NOT PICK IT***
picture of a garden plot

2023 Registration Schedule:

Applications MUST be completed, signed and received along with payment on the dates mentioned below. Your application and payment must be received to be registered. Forms WILL NOT be filled out on your behalf and you will NOT be contacted for payment. Registrants are responsible to thoroughly review the application agreement and expectations on the form. 

2022 Garden Plot Registration Form (pdf) 

March 1 - 31   Returning gardeners to RENEW the plot from 2022 
April 3 - 21 Returning gardeners can SWITCH garden locations or plots - please have a map of the site available to view
April 22 NEW Gardener Registration at Recreation Centre (4501 - 47A Ave) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or until sold out. Applicants are only allowed to register for ONE garden plot. Please do not line up before 9 a.m. Scroll down for more information on how to register
May 20 Plots open for season (weather dependent) - if gardens open sooner you will be notified by email
July 4 'Weed It or Lose It' starts - notifications will be sent to applicants if the garden is not adequately maintained. Please notify us if you cannot maintain or choose to give up your garden
October 9 Last day to harvest produce and remove all fencing, stakes, water containers, tools, etc.
October 10 Plots are cleared and tilled by Parks - any items removed will be discarded, no exceptions

Payment Methods

OptionMethodSend REgistration To Payment MethodAccepted Types of Payments
1 Email cemeteryservices@reddeer.ca    Over phone
403-342-8303
MasterCard or Visa - NO Visa or MC Debit cards
2 In person by appointment
403-342-8303
Alto Reste Cemetery Office
101 26575 Hwy 11
Red Deer County, AB
In person with form
and payment
Cash, Cheque, Debit, Debit-Visa,
Debit-MasterCard
3 Mail Cemetery Services
Box 5008
Red Deer, AB T4N 3T4
Mail payment
with form
Cheque or Cash
4 Drop box by
office door
Alto Reste Cemetery Office
101 26575 Hwy 11
Red Deer County, AB
Drop off form with
payment in drop box   
Cheque or Cash

New Gardener Registration Day - April 22, 2023
Recreation Centre (4501 - 47A Ave)

In person registration is on first come first served basis. Availability of garden plots, sizes will vary from location to location. Registrants are only allowed to apply for one garden. Notifications will be sent out if there are remaining plots after opening weekend. Below are steps to help speed up the registration and payment process:

  • Registration time will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - or until sold out.
  • Register for a Look n' Book account PRIOR to registration day, if you do not have one already. Create an account on Look 'n Book. If you have an account please make sure ALL your contact info is updated.
  • Fill out a 2023 Garden Plot Registration form with all personal information. Applications will also be provided if needed.
  • Garden locations and plot assignments will be determined with staff when registering.
  • All forms of payment will be accepted: cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard.

Locations

Plot Sizes and Fees

Plot Size - APPROXIMATE 2023 Fees    
Large (A) - 120m2 (10x12m) $54.00/yr
Medium (B) - 60m2 (10x6m) $36.00/yr
Small (C) - 30m2 (5x6m) $22.00/yr

Garden Locations

In 2022 water tanks were installed at each garden location. The purpose of the water tanks is to HELP supplement the water provided by the gardeners which is brought from home in their own water jugs. Please refrain from filling personal water sources left at the garden, such as water barrells. Tanks are filled at set intervals only, so please be respectful and mindful of this resource. 

Michener Gardens (3809 55 Street)

  • Consists of 49 medium and 23 small plots.
  • Surrounded by natural area, this quiet and picturesque site is a great gardening location. 
  • Michener Garden Plots Map (pdf)

Piper Creek Gardens (1709 40 Avenue)

  • Consists of 23 large and 57 medium plots. 
  • This property is a former farmstead and has old country farming charm.
  • Located south of the Waste Transfer Site along Piper Creek.
  • Piper Creek Garden Plots Map (pdf)

Parkside Gardens (5320 67 Street)

Twin Spruce Gardens (SW corner of 30 Ave & 19 St)

  • Consists of 34 medium and 24 small plots.
  • Nestled in south east Red Deer across from the County Fire Hall. This name celebrates a rich history of gardening, orchards and agriculture in the area. 
  • Located on the south west corner of 30 Avenue and 19 Street.
  • Twin Spruce Garden Plot Map (pdf)

City of Red Deer garden plots are pesticide-free (Parks & Public Facilities Bylaw 3255/2000). Conventional pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides) are prohibited. Certain ecologically sensitive pest control products may be considered at the discretion of The City of Red Deer Parks section. Please refer to our Garden Resource Sheet (pdf) .

As an added measure of environmental protection you are encouraged to only use organic fertilizers and soil amendments as opposed to synthetic or chemical ones. Organic materials such as manure, compost and bone meal help to build up the soil and promote a healthy soil ecosystem. Though synthetic or chemical fertilizers provide plants with quick food, they do nothing to sustain the soil.  Furthermore chemical runoff and ground seepage from gardens into adjacent natural areas and water bodies can negatively affect the health of those fragile ecosystems. 

For more information on gardening opportunities please contact:

Cemetery Services office hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
Email: cemeteryservices@reddeer.ca 
Phone403-342-8303