Not open to the public
The land for the Santa Monica Community Garden was donated to the City of Santa Monica about three decades ago. Some Santa Monica residents secured plots as far back as 1983. Some of the plots are laden with vegetables like chili peppers, corn, and tomatoes, while others are bursting with flowers such as roses, hibiscus, and lavender. Chances are you’ll see a gardener or two when you visit—if you’re lucky, they’ll invite you into the fenced-in garden to peruse the plots. Due to popular demand, the City of Santa Monica is making an effort to include community garden plots wherever a new park is developed. There currently is a long list of people vying for a space in a community garden, and applicants can wait more than five years before one becomes available. Once a plot is secured, each family or individual pays the city approximately $60 per year, for water and other utilities, and is responsible for its upkeep.