Posted on 25 October 2009 by

The Top 10 Cities for Urban Gardening

top-tenBy Vanessa Richins

When you think of urban cities, you may think of skyscrapers, traffic jams, and pavement everywhere.

However, the urban garden revolution continues to spread.

The Daily Green has created a wonderful article about the top 10 US urban cities when it comes to the number of community gardens.

Top of the list is Seattle, Washington. Our friends the Shibaguyz are right there in the trenches, growing their own food thanks, in part, to the city’s fabulous P-Patch program. I hope I can visit this lovely city soon and see all the good work for myself.

My internship landed me in the city of McMinnville, Oregon for a summer. I enjoyed being so close to Portland (number 2 on the list) – just 35 miles northeast. Known as the “City of Roses”, there are gardens everywhere. It’s natural, then, that they would also have a significant number of community gardens.

I was glad to see that a California city, Long Beach, was number 3 on the list. The climate is great for year-round growing, offering potential beyond what many cities can enjoy.

For number 4, we travel to St. Paul, Minnesota. 17 community gardens are available as part of the city’s efforts to become the nation’s ‘Most Livable City’.

Take a flight over to Honolulu, Hawaii if you want to visit the 5th best city for urban gardening. Community gardening there has been in full force since 1975.

Rounding out the list are San Jose, Baltimore, Washington DC, Anchorage and Louisville. For pictures and facts about each of these gardens, head on over to The Daily Green.

Do you live in one of the top 10 cities for urban gardening?

2 Responses to “The Top 10 Cities for Urban Gardening”

  1. Dan and Deanna Says:

    Nice to see that gardening is alive and well even in places that you might not think that it would be. Thank you for sharing this story with us.

    Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”

  2. Dan Says:

    Great, but not surprising, to hear that Portland is number 2. Now if we can just get Portlanders to use more LED lights, we’ll really be cookin’!

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