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520 NE 8th St
Bend, OR 97701



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Franklin's Corner Community Garden

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Franklin's Corner is an entirely organic community garden, utilizes water wise conservation techniques, and serves the neighborhood in which it is located.


At the foundation, this is a storm water infiltration system. The less technical term is a rain garden. It is design to capture, hold and naturally treat storm water in the neighborhood, which was having a negative impact. This filtered and clean storm water will eventually rejoin our groundwater supply.

The lot had been irrigated turf for decades, but was never used for any meaningful purpose. It is situated in a high visibility area, so aesthetics of the completed garden are very important for the surrounding neighborhood throughout the different seasons. Likewise, it is situated in what is considered a banana-belt. This geographic area provides an almost ideal growing situation in our high desert climate.

This community garden features an edible food forest which is open to the entire neighborhood to care for and to utilize without cost. Plots are available for rent for the growing seasons to anyone. Some plots are sponsored to assist families who are low income, so that they are able to grow organic fruits and vegetables to serve at their own tables.


Franklin’s Corner Community Garden is located at the intersection of 9th & Franklin.  By vehicle, proceed east on Franklin to 10th Street, turn right and proceed one block to Larch, turn right.  For Bicycle and Pedestrians, access directly off the Coyner Trail system.  By transit, route 5 and 6.


Pre-Existing Conditions

  • Turfed and fully irrigated.
  • Maintained by Public Works (irrigation, mowing, etc.)
  • Stormwater issues at Larch & 9th as this basin collects for almost entire area.  
  • Property maintained but not utilized.
  • BPRD Coyner trail connection 
  • Located in what is considered a banana-belt, ideal for growing conditions
  • Full sun exposure

Current Conditions

  • Focus on sustainability.
  • Demonstration Rain Garden (Stormwater infiltration system) to resolve stormwater issue.
  • Removal of maintenance heavy and water hungry turf. Partial retrofit with water wise native fescue mix.
  • Removal of existing non efficient pop-up spray heads, replacement with Toro Precision head (uses a fraction of the water of existing heads), drip and bubbler systems.
  • Utilize portion of stormwater infiltration area as base for first entirely ADA accessible community garden.
  • Sponsored plots for low income neighbors and families with children.
  • Removal of three junipers to enhance water conservation. Replaced with edible food forest.
  • Four beds designed specifically for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.
  • Plot fees to offset cost of irrigation of site.
  • Transitioned from maintained by Public Works staff to maintained entirely by volunteers.
Plan view of Franklin's Corner Community Garden.


  • First entirely ADA accessible community garden
  • Demonstration Rain Garden
  • Native Pollinators for bees and butterflies
  • Demonstration The Right Tree in the Right Place urban forest
  • Edible Food Forest
  • Sustainable water wise landscape plan
  • Maintained entirely by volunteers
  • Community gardens for community including low income neighbors, veterans, those with disabilities and limited mobility.
  • Utilizing lot which was purchased with SDC funds, which has since been maintained by Public Works staff but has not been utilized for any meaningful purpose, into a full purpose area that will support local school and neighborhood needs.
  • High visibility to community.
  • Meets multiple focus points of Bend 2030 community vision plan.


Franklin's Corner is being developed and constructed through grants, sponsorships, donation of time, services and material by many of Bend’s local businesses, community partners, volunteers, and neighbors like you.

The intent is that this garden will provide a model for the community on protecting our groundwater, conserving and utilizing our natural resources to the best degree possible, and creating a sense of community and stewardship.

The landscape consists of native plants and pollinators, an edible food forest, and a community garden.


We welcome your involvement and support!


This community garden is maintained entirely by volunteers. Help us as we teach folks how to plant and maintain a garden. Share some starts, pull some weeds, be a part of this community effort.

Sponsor a Plot

Help a family who may not otherwise have the ability or means to learn to garden for themselves. We provide them the tools for success, you can help make it a reality!

If you are interested in one of the sponsored plots, please contact the volunteer coordinator.

Rent a Plot

Seasonal fee of the plots is $25 (10' x 10') and accessible beds for those with limited mobility or disabilities $15 (10' x 3').

Plot fees help offset the cost of irrigation on the site.

Compost area and tools are available upon request.

Reserving a Plot

Returning gardeners in good standing have first right of refusal. All remaining plots are assigned during registration. Any remaining plots are first come first serve.

Gardener's Agreement

Please review the Gardener's Agreement prior to registration. Volunteer requirements in agreement.


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    Gardener's Meeting and Work Parties

    Must be present to register and participate in each of the work parties for the season. No exceptions.

    • Opening Day Work Party & Sign Ups: May 04, 2019 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.
    • Work Party: July 13th, 9 a.m. till Noon
    • Work Party: September 14th, 9a.m. till Noon
    • End of Season Work Party: November 16th, 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.

    Volunteer Time Log

    For more information, contact Cheryl Howard, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Bend.


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