Community Garden

The University Hospitals St. John Medical Center/City of Westlake Community Garden is once again open for the season, marking the third year of the collaborative effort between the City and the Hospital.  Not only do the plots give residents the opportunity to grow fresh produce for their families but some have provided part of their harvest to the Community Services Food Pantry. We are grateful for their generosity. 

We began in 2014 with 13 plots owners and expanded to 36 plots owners in 2015.  With so many people on a wait list, 12 plots were added in 2016.  Currently, 45 of the 48 plots have been assigned.  The cost for a plot for Westlake residents is $25.00 per year. 
2015 Photos by St. John's Medical Center

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2016 Projects


The 12 additional plots and a second garden gate for the area were provided to the community as an Eagle Scout Project by Matt Castele. The annual "work night" on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 brought the plot owners together to prep the garden for the season.  This year more than 35 individuals and Boy Scouts from the Castele's troop moved 27 yards of mulch, 8 yards of topsoil and 5 yards of Sweet Peat.  All of this work was completed in a little less than 31/2 hours. 

We are now focusing on the installation of chicken wire around the bottom of the fencing again this year to keep animals out of the gardens. In 2014, a work night was held in late June with approximately 10 gardeners to place and secure the wire, donated by The Westlake Garden Club. 

None of this could be possible without the assistance from University Hospitals St. John Medical Center and the City of Westlake Department of Public Service!
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Reserving a Garden Plot


Madeline Crandall is the garden manager for the collaborative community garden and will answer resident’s questions and take reservations for garden plots.

Flower Boxes on Hilliard Blvd.


One of the most common questions people ask us is how they can sign up for one of the flower boxes on Hilliard Blvd. The Community Services Department does not manage them. Please contact the Service Department for more information.
Hilliard Flower Boxes Information (PDF)