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St. John Gardens

Located on St. John Avenue, just west of the Back Door Pottery. A vacant lot has been transformed from an eyesore into a flourishing community garden. With more than two dozen raised garden beds, numerous "tire planters", and several fruit trees, the garden provides an opportunity for individuals and families to grow fresh vegetables while beautifying the neighborhood. 

Saint John Gardens is also affiliated with Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) through its "Community Partner Gardens" program, which provides technical assistance, access to low-cost resources, and networking support to non-profit garden organizations in an effort to promote successful community gardening efforts.

  Members of Saint John Gardens are encouraged to consider joining KCCG as individual members. More info can be found on the "Home Gardens" page of the KCCG website

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 Featuring a lily pond as its centerpiece and a fire pit to gather around on chilly autumn evenings, the garden serves as a location for various neighborhood functions and Northeast Arts events.

 In keeping with Northeast Arts' mission to "inspire neighbors to infuse art into practical work and everyday living", Saint John Gardens is a conscious effort to embody the idea of "Gardens As Art".

   Visitors to the garden will discover numerous scarecrows created from found materials, discarded tires transformed into functional and decorative elements, and the running joke of bedsteads demarcating the ends of individual garden beds. 

Established in 2006, Saint John Gardens has grown from a few raised beds in an empty lot into a fixture of the landscape in the Historic Northeast. 


3920 St. John Ave, KCMO 64123


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Garden With Us!

Saint John Gardens welcomes new member gardeners for each growing season as space permits. Annual member fees range from $15 to $30 per bed, depending on bed sizes. 

   Garden plots are offered as sites for members to grow vegetables for their personal use.

   Members are asked to participate in regular group cleanup days and to assist in the upkeep of the garden as a whole by keeping their beds and the areas around them free of weeds and trash.

   Beds are to be reserved and paid for by Jan. 1st of the year, but interested gardeners are encouraged to inquire about the availability of vacant beds at any time throughout the year. In April, the garden members are confirmed. 

   For all the details, and/or to apply for membership, download the application form, or contact: 

Marianne Rowse

Member Manager 


Photos of the Garden

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