Garden Membership

photo: two women displaying carrot and beet in garden

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 sponsor community projects in our neighborhood, including City Harvest, the Kelly Green Project, and a summer concert series.

Applying for Membership in 2023

HGNC’s community garden will begin accepting applications for membership soon. To add your name to our waiting list, send an email to Please note that preference will be given to applicants who live near the garden.

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 : $40 membership fee (plus a $5 key fee for new members).

Benefits of Planting Membership:

  • One 4′ x 8′ planting bed OR membership in the Hansberry Gardening Collective
  • 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 warm, welcoming community that helps Germantown thrive

To apply for membership, visit the Membership Agreement page. A link to an online form can be found at the bottom; a printable version is also available for download.

2022 Meeting and Work Requirements

  • Attendance at annual Spring Gathering on Saturday, March 19
  • A minimum of 10 hours of volunteer work on maintenance of garden common areas or a garden committee, event, or project

Online Resources for Members: