Welcome to the Dowling Community Garden
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Welcome to Dowling Community Garden

Two blocks west of the Mississippi river, the Dowling Community Garden is located on the grounds of the Dowling Environmental School, at 46th Avenue and 39th Street South in Minneapolis. The Dowling Garden is believed to be one of the last two remaining Victory Gardens in use today.

We have grown from a handful of gardens to a community garden of over 190 plots and about 250 gardeners. Dowling gardeners live in Minneapolis and surrounding communities, are culturally diverse, of all ages and abilities and come together to share their love of gardening.

The garden is run by a small group of volunteers who meet monthly to plan activities and improvements, tackle ongoing management issues, and serve as liaisons with the community. Dowling gardeners are welcome to join us— just ask.

For information regarding the Dowling Community Garden, email us at (for fastest reply) or leave a message on our voice mail: (612) 467-9545.

Our mailing address is:

  • Dowling Community Garden
  • P.O. Box 6757
  • Minneapolis, MN 55406

Upcoming Events

Dowling Community Garden's 75th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, August 18, 2018 — 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

2018 marks the 75th anniversary of Dowling Community Garden's founding in 1943. The celebration will include an heirloom tomato tasting and an exhibition of plants grown in the Garden. Photos and other materials relating to the history of the Garden will also be on display. Local politicians will be invited and may speak briefly. The event will be from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. with speeches at noon.

There will be a kids' program, "Watercolors and Watermelons". Kids of all ages can come and paint a picture and eat some watermelon!

Dowling History in Print

Dowling History Book Dowling Community Garden: Seventy Years and Still Growing! is the story of Dowling Community Garden's history as one of two continuing community Victory Gardens from World War II. Copies are available from the Dowling Garden Committee. Price for the book is $5.00.

Recent News

Urban Farm Magazine Article

Dowling Community Garden has been recently featured in an article in Urban Farm Magazine.