Garden Membership


Garden Membership

Hansberry Garden & Nature Center, Inc., is a unique place where strangers grow into friends, seeds grow into flowers and food, and random individuals grow into a dedicated community. We are a community garden where folks can raise fresh food for themselves, family and friends. We are a community gathering spot for workshops, potlucks, plant sales, and other fun and friendly events. We are a nature center where children come to learn about the life of plants, the importance or peskiness of birds, bees, insects and worms. And we are the sponsor behind three major community projects in our neighborhood, City Harvest, the Farm Stand, and Kelly Green.

So, joining HGNC is not just for growing a few vines of tomatoes or bunches of kale. Being a member at Hansberry is joining a team of generous and welcoming people, dedicated to sharing Mother Nature’s creative energy in southwest Germantown.

Cost of membership for 2017: $40 membership fee + $5 key fee.

Benefits of Planting Membership:

  • One 4′ x 8′ planting bed
  • Free access to the garden (after an orientation)
  • Access to the tool shed, which contains a variety of gardening tools, helpful books, and even free seeds to get you started on your new bed
  • Early access to our annual Plant Sale, members-only events and potlucks, and more
  • Belonging to a welcoming community


All our garden beds have been claimed for the 2017 growing season. To be added to a waiting list or to become a sustaining member of the garden, email our membership chair at

2017 Meeting and Work Requirements

    • Attendance at annual Spring Gathering
    • Attendance at one of two orientation sessions (for new members)
    • Attendance at a minimum of two member work days
    • 10 additional hours of maintenance tasks to be assigned by the maintenance committee
    • Six hours of committee work

Online Resources for Members:

Membership Agreement
2016 Task List

Contact Info for Board Members

President Leonard Jones:

Membership Chair Vicki Mehl:

Landscape and Maintenance Chair Brandon Coleman:

City Harvest Co-Chairs Janet Peterman and Becky Mendel:

Treasurer Keisa Thompson:

Communications Chair Claudia Ginanni:

Vice President and Kelly Green Project Chair Dennis Barneby:

To email all members

(Address works only when email is sent from an account associated with your HGNC membership)