One of the unique features of Patterson Park is that it is surrounded on all sides by neighborhoods of rowhouses.
For many residents, rowhouse living does not allow much green space to grow flowers and produce, work the soil, or just relax.
Fortunately for city gardeners, the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Horticulture Division maintains 7 community gardens around the City. Patterson Park is home to one of these gardens known as Patterson City Farms Garden.
Community gardening has a long history in Patterson Park. In 1904 and again in 1913, the dedication of land for community-tended garden plots is discussed in Park Commission reports with a 1935 map depicting a large children’s garden. Photographs from the time confirm their existence and area residents have said that community-tended gardens or victory gardens have been in the park since World War II.
Today, there are 92 plots in Patterson’s City Farms Garden that are 150 square feet each and are available for rent to residents. The cost per plot is $30 annually, which includes access to water, compost, soil and tools. Each year during the main harvest season, the city holds a City Farms Feast for all program participants.
To get on the waiting list for a plot to tend, contact Sarah Murphy, City Farms Coordinator at (410) 396-4850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.