The Newark Street Community Garden, a four-acre site at 39th and Newark Streets NW, consists of 220 garden plots maintained by DC residents.

Garden Information

About Us

Located in the Cathedral Heights neighborhood, the Newark Street Community Garden (NSCG), an organic community garden, shares space with three tennis courts, a dog park, a children’s playground, and a picnic area.  NSCG was established as a community garden in 1974 by local resident Anne Chase as part of National Food Day.  The land is owned by the city and under the control of the Department of Parks and Recreation.  Here is a short video about the garden.


The Board of Directors includes:

Maureen Spagnolo, President
Steve Gordon, VP & Membership
Felicity Amos, Rules
Jane Brookstein
Hillah Culman, Treasurer
Jon Mormino, Garden Services
Juan Piacquadio, Special Projects
Anatol Steck
Cathy Winer, Scribe/Secretary
Sally Winthrop, Archivist


Become a Member

All residents of the District of Columbia are eligible to become plot owners.  Plot owners must maintain their plots in good order, pay a nominal annual fee, and contribute to community work days.

Due to a full garden and an existing extensive waitlist, we not not currently accepting applications for new members.  You may check back in Summer 2017 for an update.  You may also visit the application link directly.

Children’s Garden

The Children’s Garden was established in 2004 as part of the garden’s 30th birthday celebration.  Children’s learning opportunities include sessions during the growing season for pre-schoolers to look at worms, plant seeds, water and harvest their produce and flowers.  The programs are open to children in the neighborhood and designed for the child 2-6 years of age.  Notices are usually posted at the Newark Playground, and an e-mail list is maintained for parents wanting to be notified of dates and times.  The children’s garden and programs are coordinated by volunteers from the Newark Street Community Garden.  For more information or to be included on the e-mail list please contact  Susan Akman <>.