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Duval County Urban Gardening Program

The Urban Gardening Program helps Duval County residents learn to grow vegetables and culinary herbs by providing educational programs, maintaining a demonstration garden, and helping to establish and maintain school and community gardens. Whether you are new to gardening in general, new to gardening in Florida, or simply looking for new ideas to try in your garden, our programs have something for everyone.

For more information contact

Beth Marlowe by e-mail or by phone at 255-7450.

Urban Garden Demonstration Sites

Our demonstration gardens showcase a variety of methods for growing vegetables and herbs each season—from in-ground plots, to raised beds, to containers and hydroponics. We are always trying new varieties of vegetables and herbs, new growing methods, and the latest disease and pest management techniques based on University of Florida research so we can share what we are learning with everyone in Duval County.

View more information on our Urban Garden Demonstration Sites.

Community Gardens

UF/IFAS Duval County Urban Gardening Program manages one community garden on City of Jacksonville property at our Superior Street Demonstration Garden location. If you don’t have adequate space to grow vegetables at your home, or if you are looking for new gardening friends with whom you can learn and improve your gardening skills, renting a community garden plot might be for you.

The Urban Gardening Program assists the community gardens by being a liaison between the gardeners and land owners and  provides information, knowledge, workshops, and/or handouts that gardeners need to be successful in establishing and maintaining a community garden.

View more information on Community Gardens.

Want to start a community garden but don’t know where to begin?
Join us for this 8-week course in Spring 2024.

Community Garden Leaders Course

Vegetable Gardening Education Programs

The Urban Gardening Program offers a wide variety of educational programs to help Duval County residents learn more about different ways they can grow their own health food. Face-to-face classes are held days and evenings at the extension office. Hands-on workshops are held in our demonstration gardens. School programs and tours are also available for preK-12 students in any Duval County school. And new for 2020--We will be offering a series of hands-on workshops to learn how to grow vegetables from seed to harvest. We will also begin providing virtual education programs via Zoom that will also be archived for on-demand viewing. For more information about specific programs, please contact Beth Marlowe at 904-255-7450 or l


Beth Marlowe Urban Garden Program Community Gardening (904) 255-7450

Master Gardeners

Contact a Master Gardener with general vegetable gardening questions.

Monday through Friday
9AM to noon and 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Phone: (904) 255-7450.


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