The Madison Community Garden is a community amenity provided by the Borough of Madison.
The Garden is located within the Madison Recreation Complex, behind Madison High School. When traveling on Ridgedale Avenue toward Florham Park, turn left just after the High School. There is a sign for the Madison Recreation Center. The Garden entrance is at the far end of the main parking lot, adjacent to the playing fields. Look for the ‘Community Garden’ sign.
Photo: Stephen McAuliffe
What Makes our Community Garden Great?
The Madison Community Garden provides many amenities that are difficult (and impossible for some!) to have at home. These include:
Full sun all day long for most plots;
Deer and animal-resistant fencing around the entire Garden;
Ample water spigots throughout the garden;
Roomy 20' x 10' plots, or 10' x 10' half-plots. Members in good standing can renew the same plot;
100% all-organic gardening methods are required of all Garden members;
On-site honey bee yard for great pollination;
Storage shed with gardening library and community seed exchange;
Gardening assistance from Rutgers Master Gardeners;
Community events throughout the season
Facilities that are available to gardeners include nearby restrooms and an emergency call box at the sports field. During the summer months there is almost always someone in the Garden, especially in early evenings. A wide driveway and gate allow for bulk deliveries of compost, wood chips, soil and other gardening needs.
There is an affordable yearly fee of $60 for a full plot and $30 for a half-plot. The fees help sustain the Garden, and fund any repairs needed to the infrastructure.
Completed applications should be sent to the Borough Clerk’s Office at the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building, Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940. Preference is given to Madison residents. If you have any questions, please reach out to MadisonNJCommunityGarden@gmail.com.
The Madison Community Garden Beekeeping Club was established in the spring of 2016. There is a separate membership fee of $30 to be part of the Beekeeping Club, but all gardeners will benefit from the beneficial pollination activities of the bees.
For more information about the Beekeeping Club, click here.