Community Gardens

The City of Barrie's Community Garden Program is governed by the Community Garden Policy. There are currently six community gardens in Barrie.

The deadline to renew a community garden plot is October 31, 2023. New registrations will be accepted on November 1 depending on availability. If you are interested in a plot, please submit a Community Garden Plot Rental Contract to be placed on the waiting list.

Community Garden Locations & Layouts

Garden Plot Rental Contract & Fees

All community garden plots are now rented for the 2023 season. If you are interested in renting a plot, please submit a Community Garden Plot Rental Contract to be placed on the waiting list.

Prior to renting a plot, gardeners are to read the policy and sign a Community Garden Rental Contract (PDF). The City administers the registration of the garden plots and any alterations to the garden plan. The gardeners elect a garden coordinator to operate the day-to-day functions of the garden and liaise with the City. 

  • Single Plot: $20 + HST ($22.60) - 1.5 x 4.5m (5' x 15')
  • Single Raised Plot: $20 + HST ($22.60) - 1.2 x 4.5 x .9m (4' x 15' x 3')
  • Double Plot: $50 + HST ($56.5​0) - 3m x 4.5m (10' x 15')

How to Rent a Garden Plot

Current gardeners must re-register for their same plot annually by October 31. New gardener registrations are accepted starting November 1 annually.

  1. Fill out and sign a Community Garden Rental Contract​​ (PDF). One plot per person, except after May 24th.
  2. Submit the contract to Service Barrie by mail or in person (City Hall, 70 Collier Street) with payment by cheque payable to the "City of Barrie" (please do not send cash in the mail). Mailing address:

    City of Barrie Parks Program Coordinator
    Service Barrie, Box 400
    Barrie Ontario, L4M 4T5 

Signed contracts will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. Gardeners may pick their plot immediately if registering in person. If the contract was submitted by mail, registrants will be notified of their plot number by phone or e-mail. Your contact information will be made available to the Parks Program Coordinator, who will contact you when a plot becomes available. If you indicate that on your contract that you are interested in being a Garden Lead, you will be contracted by the City of Barrie Parks Program Coordinator.

Due to the limited number of plots available, you may be placed on a waiting list, in a priority sequence, if the plots are all rented by an early date. Your payment will be returned to you if your contract was submitted by mail. If a plot becomes available, you will be contacted according to the waiting list priority sequence. The fee will be due within 48 hours of being contacted, otherwise we will move to the next in the queue. Please submit your signed contract regardless of plot availability to indicate the level of community interest and the need for more garden plots.

Communal Gardens

Communal gardens allow more than one individual to utilize plots in the community garden. By following the same rental process and policy, a group with a designated lead can apply for any available plot. The City encourages residents to experience gardens by becoming involved with the community garden program.

Seed Libraries

Brightly coloured boxes at the community gardens are part of the City of Barrie’s Seed Exchange, which is a sister service to the Barrie Public Library’s Seed Library. The exchange aims to promote biodiversity and to enable our community to become self-reliant.

A Seed Library is a place where you can ‘borrow’ or exchange seeds. The Barrie Public Library has a Seed Library at all three of its locations. There can be practically any type of seed available: flower, vegetable, herbs, shrubs. Availability and selection depend on what is at the library at the time you visit.

A Seed Exchange (or Seed Box) is a miniature Seed Library that can be found in one of the City’s Community gardens where you can borrow, exchange, or share seeds. All members of the public can access and use the Seed Exchange or Seed Library.

Seed library
Seed Library at Golden Meadow Park community garden.

FAQs about Seed Libraries