Greenview Garden is located on Greenview Rd., near Scio Church Rd. It has 24 plots with a perennial section consisting of 5 plots. The property is loaned to us by the Ann Arbor Public Schools and is part of Greenview Nature Area and Pioneer Woods. It has a metered city water system.

MAP OF GARDEN:  Greenview Map


SOIL: Texture - veins of heavy clay, The soil is very heavy and addition of organic matter is recommended.; pH 7.4


Plots at Project Grow sites are approximately 750 sf. At Greenview they are slightly smaller, about 24'x30' or 720sf.


Greenview garden  has one perimeter fences. Costs vary year-to-year based on materials needed to repair and upgrade the fencing; annual costs per half plot  have ranged from $10 - $45 .  Most of these material can be re-used for some time.   The costs include:
  • materials for 4 gates
  • lumber
  • hardware
  • netting
  • fasteners
  • conduit
  • chicken wire
  • T posts
INDIVIDUAL PLOT MAINTENANCE:  All gardeners are responsible for keeping weeds down in their plots and along the adjacent pathways. Various mulches may be used in a garden to inhibit weed growth, conserve water, and promote a hospitable micro-climate for plants and worms. Any non-organic mulch (black plastic, etc.) should be covered with some type of organic mulch.

GARDEN MAINTENANCE:  The major perimeters of the garden are mowed by the Ann Arbor Parks Department only if we keep the area free from organic refuse and other debris and stones. Please pile rocks in designated areas break mower blades! Please take all non-organic materials home with you when you leave the site. Please help make the gardens beautiful this summer by maintaining your own plot and keeping the gardens free from debris, etc.

WATER:  Water comes from a nearby fire hydrant that is metered by the City and paid for by Project Grow. Water is generally turned on mid-May and off mid-September. Please try to conserve water by mulching well and watering only when necessary. If you spot a leak in the hose lines, either make the repairs yourself or notify the site-coordinator.

Watering of gardens is never to be unattended; hose timers are prohibited.

COMPOSTING:  Any organic waste generated during the growing season may be tilled into the soil or taken home for composting by the city.  However, diseased plants should always be removed from the site, to minimize the presence of pathogens in the gardens. 

Please do not create renegade compost piles anywhere outside of your garden plot and do not discard of any organic or inorganic material in the woods. This area is protected by NAP.

TOOLS:  Because Greenview is a Nature Area rather than a park, the garden site cannot have a tool shed.  Tools for community use are usually collected under the tree by the entrance to the garden closest to Greenview Road.

Animal Visitors and Fencing Woodchucks, deer and other animals will visit this garden. Greenview Park is managed as a natural area in which no permanent structures are permitted. 
New for 2017:  Gardeners in annual plots will enclose two sections of the garden with fencing.  Gardeners will responsible for assisting with putting up and taking down the fencing. The cost for 2017 fencing is about $45/half plot. 

NB: Please do not include the cost of the fencing with your application fee. Gardeners will be contacted with payment details for the fence.  

COMMUNICATION:  Expect a few email asking you to help out with volunteer tasks. In recent years, we have also used the garden group email list to make important announcements.  If you have not already notified us of your email address, let us know right away! Finally, e-newsletters will also contain important information about upcoming projects and events. 

ABANDONED PLOTS:  Plots that have not been seriously worked by June 1st or are overgrown with weeds taller than 18” at any point in the season will be considered abandoned and may be reassigned. Contact your site coordinator or the office if you are having problems getting started or if you have to abandon your plot.

FALL CLEAN-UP:  Your plot must be cleared no later than day's end on the third Saturday in October. Organic material may be chopped up and spread evenly across your plot to be plowed in later. Take home all non-organic material, i.e. fences, stakes, plastic, paper, etc. Failure to clean up your plot according to the guidelines set forth in the Member Handbook may result in discharge from the garden.

Perennial plots must also be put to rest for the winter. The Friends of Greenview, a neighborhood organization, has rigid expectations about the state of our perennial gardens over the winter (see Member Handbook Addendum Greenview).  Failure to clean your plot according to the guidelines set forth in the Member Handbook may result in expulsion from the garden.

If you know you will not be returning, take away your personal belongings and clear out your entire plot. It is helpful to notify the director also, as perennial plots are always in great demand.

Gardener Comments and Suggestions

  • I would say that fencing is strongly suggested- the animals coming from the nearby nature area are really a problem for those who don't have fencing. I saw a dramatic improvement when I put in my fence this year, and I know of a lot of people who suffered because they were one of the gardeners without a fence. 
  • Remind gardeners that they should leave a few inches between plots for walk space.