Get Digging at RAP’s Community Garden


Welcome to the Community Garden

The Community Garden is located at the corner of Azalea Place and Park Street across from the Willowbranch library. [map]

Gardeners grow their own vegetables and flowers in assigned plots and maintain the garden through volunteer service hours.

The Garden features a public butterfly garden, rose garden, herb garden and fruit trees. The Garden also hosts public lectures and workshops on a variety of topics.

It’s a place of community, and a place of hard work!  

How to lease a plot

The garden has a total of thirty-one 4 x 20’ irrigated raised plots, one of which is ADA wheelchair-accessible. Any member of the public may apply for either a full or half plot. Should there be a wait list, plots are assigned on a first-come, first serve basis.

Gardeners pay a $100 yearly fee for a full plot to cover water, electricity, insurance and other garden maintenance needs. Gardeners maintain their plots and must commit to six hours of volunteer service per quarter.  Download and complete the 2018-rap-plot-application [.pdf] to apply to lease a plot.

For questions, contact RAP at


Opened in April 2016, the garden operates as a public-private partnership between the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreational department and Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP).

The Community Garden was designed by Dorina Bakari of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of a Emerging Professionals Design Professionals (EDP) contest.  Ms. Bakari’s serpentine design features a curving horizontal wall made of slatted wood that ranges in height along Park and Azalea street. The curves’ undulations create public seating, with benches constructed into both the interior and exterior curves. Read more about the design here.

The Garden was built by a group of dedicated gardeners and residents who volunteered thousands of hours towards making this amenity a reality. We thank them for their vision, dedication and service to their community.

A special thanks to our partners and community leaders who also made the garden possible:

  • Councilman Jim Love
  • City of Jacksonville, Parks & Recreation
  • Susan Fraser, organizer/planner
  • Jake Ingram, landscape architect
  • Carmen Godwin
  • Mike and Joan Sullivan
  • Carey Hepler
  • Tom Lecato
  • Mike and Debi Pyne
  • Terry Vereen Plumbing
  • Sustainable Springfield
  • Grassroots
  • Disabled Services, City of Jacksonville
  • Tenley Dietrich