Community Garden

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2015 Planting Schedule - A list of commonly planted vegetables and approprtiate times to be planted in the Leavenworth/ Plain area. Created by Eron Drew of Tierra Organics. Thanks Eron!
Click HERE for the list. 

2015 Plots are now available for returning 2014 Plot Holders AND New Gardeners to the E. Lorene Young Community Garden.

All interested gardeners can download a 2015 Plot Application by clicking HERE.

Plots became available to NEW garden members on Monday, March 16th. Returning plot holders please don't delay. If you are interested in a Community Gardenplot please print, fill out and mail your 2015 application to:

Wenatchee River Institute
PO Box 2073
Leavenworth, WA.98826

Please specify your requested plot number! 


You will notice 2 changes to the new 2015 Agreement. 

  1. WRI members will pay $30/ Non WRI members will pay $40 
    (Scholarships available)
  2. 2015 Plot members will be required to attend at least 2 volunteer work parties for the 2015 growing season. 
    (Work parties will happen during evenings on weekdays) 

    These changes will help the garden to more accurately cover garden maintenance and project costs. These changes will also help to support the gardens mission to, "develop relationships with other community members.".  For questions about the Community Garden you can always contact us at

2015 Garden Class Schedule

Wenatchee River Institute offers several gardening workshops each spring. These classes are open to Community Garden members and the general public. This year we will be offering 4 classes in our 'Growing Smarter,' garden series to help folks boost their knowledge in the arts of agriculture and growing food. Class prices TBD soon! Our 'Growing Smarter,'  class schedule for 2015 includes:

March 3: 'Winter Greens' - focusing on indoor starts and growing greens indoors
March 17: 'Square Foot Gardening' - focusing on maximizing garden space and planning gardens
April 7: 'Succession Planting' - focusing on seasonal crop rotation 
April 28: 'Firewise Landscaping' - focusing on maintaining a fire-resistant landscape

Click here to see course materials from previous GARDEN Education Classes

About the Garden

2015 marks a fourth garden season taking root. The E. Lorene Young Community Garden welcomes new and experienced gardeners who seek a chance to share gardening space, community and green thumb wisdom. The Garden offers 33 raised garden beds, each 8 feet long by 4 feet wide, with irrigation. Unclaimed beds are available on a first come, first serve basis. The E. Lorene Young Community Garden offers financial assistance for up to half of the garden beds, and is dedicated to donating produce from the garden to our local food bank at the Community Cupboard.

E Lorene Young Garden Mission: To create an affordable garden space where people of the Leavenworth community can grow food, learn about nutrition and gardening, and develop relationships with other community members. 

Garden History

When former Leavenworth Mayor E. Lorene Young passed away in 2007 at the age of 94, she donated her property to be managed for education and stewardship purposes as part of Barn Beach Reserve.

Lorene’s property included a lovely little red house at 250 12th Street, and a vacant lot just north of the house. Not long before her death, in a discussion with WRI’s former Executive Director, Jeff Parsons,  Lorene gestured out the window and said: “There is one thing I do not want! I do not want that lot to become a parking lot. Can you promise me that?”

In tribute to Lorene, the once-vacant lot is now Leavenworth’s E. Lorene Young Community Garden. People from all walks of our community grow food here, learn about nutrition and gardening, and develop relationships with other community members.

Volunteers and Donors made it happen

In 2012, an enthusiastic group of volunteers developed a site plan with 31 raised beds, a deer fence, irrigation, and a commons area. Community volunteers put in hundreds of hours of manual labor, building the beds, dissuading the deer, and working hard to have everything ready for planting by June. The materials for these volunteers to wrestle with arrived thanks to our wonderful donors and sponsors: an extremely generous local family, a grant from the Community Foundation of NCW, and sponsorship by the Leavenworth Lions Club, Snow Creek Integrated Health, Cascade Garden Club, Joanna Dunn Open House Yoga, and Mt. Stuart Physical Therapy, along with two "10% Tuesdays" from South, a “Benevolent Beer Night” from Icicle Brewing Co., and other generosity.

If you would like to make a donation to the E. Lorene Young Community Garden, please send your check to:
ELYCG/ Wenatchee River Institute,
PO Box 2073
Leavenworth, WA 98826