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About Chinquapin Organic Gardens

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Chinquapin Organic Gardens, in Alexandria, Va., is a wonderland for green-thumbed city residents. Gardeners grow a wide array of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Popular crops include tomatoes, basil, squash, sunflowers, raspberries, asparagus, onions and greens.

The community gardens are run by the City of Alexandria and are available for rent to city residents for a fee. Each plot is about 15x20 feet wide, and there are about 170 plots. Rentals are available on an annual basis. The gardening season runs March 1 through Nov. 30 each year. RadishGardeners are required to follow all regulations or risk losing their plots.

For garden plot rental inquiries, see our registration page. 

Where is Chinquapin Organic Gardens?

Chinquapin Organic Gardens is located just off King Street (near T.C. Williams High School) on Chinquapin Drive in Alexandria, Va. We are located in Chinquapin Park, home of the Chinquapin Recreation Center. The gardens are located at the rear of the park, near the basketball courts and picnic pavilion. Come by and visit us! (MAP)

Chinquapin Organic Gardens Advisory Board

A volunteer group of gardeners helps the city administer the gardens through the Chinquapin Organic Gardens Advisory Board. The board, which advises the city, works to improve and maintain the gardens by developing regulations and assisting with gardening monitoring. In addition to running this website, the board and holds an annual social and potluck picnic.

On July 24, 2017, the board and City of Alexandria signed an agreement — effective Sept. 1, 2017 — that shifts some of the responsibility for maintenance of the gardens to the board and Chinquapin’s gardeners.

By taking on more responsibility for common area tasks, such as mowing, monitoring, removing invasive vegetation along the roadway, and working on the Dale May Memorial Grove, etc., gardeners can avoid an increase in plot rental fees in 2018-19.

Read the agreement here.

Attend one of our monthly board meetings

Any gardener who has a plot at Chinquapin is welcome to join the board and attend meetings. Meetings are held monthly, starting at 7 p.m. Notices of upcoming meetings and locations are posted on our Facebook page.

Read minutes from our recent meetings:

May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015

For information on an upcoming board meeting, e-mail Marlin Lord, board chair, or Kathryn Brown, vice chair. Lord may also be reached at 703-683-1112. (Please note: The Chinquapin Organic Gardens Advisory Board does not handle garden plot registration. Please contact the City of Alexandria to register for a plot.)

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