City of Rochester plants children’s garden

Rochester’s organic community garden in Scott Street Park is expanding to include a designated area for children’s gardening.

Organized by Dinosaur Hill, the new garden received $14,000 worth of supplies from Home Depot’s Lake Orion, Rochester, Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Troy, Commerce Township and Sterling Heights locations. Home Depot employees also volunteered their time to assist Dinosaur Hill with constructing the new space Oct. 13.

Created in May, the Rochester community garden is approximately 80 feet by 100 feet and houses 42 plots. The new Children’s Garden is 30 feet by 80 feet with room for several planting beds, an area with benches for gardening and nutrition classes, rain barrel and composting demonstration areas and a small storage shed for tools and other supplies.

“It’s really going to be a very functional space, and it also should look very nice,” says Sue Nea, executive director of Dinosaur Hill.


“The Rochester Community Garden was the first project for the newly reactivated City Beautiful Commission, which decided to create the garden in what it felt was an underutilized Scott Street Park. Since the organic garden opened in May, people have leased spots in the garden — which is managed by Dinosaur Hill — at a fee of $30 for Rochester residents and $35 for nonresidents.”

Dig in here.