Riley Lane Garden

The Riley Lane Gardens, located at 9th St and Riley Lane in Manhattan, is the oldest community garden in Kansas. Created in 1974, the property is leased from the City of Manhattan. 130 plots are available for gardening.

To apply for a garden plot in *SPRING 2020:*

  • Review information about the gardens.
  • Read garden rules.
  • Email with your name, phone number, and the garden you are interested in – Riley Lane or Collins Lane. Someone will call or email you to get additional
    information and help you select a plot.
  • Complete the application and mail a check (payable to UFM) in the amount of the plot rental and deposit fees to:
    1221 Thurston St.
    Manhattan, KS 66502
  • If you need to pay by credit card, please indicate this in your initial email and include a phone number. We will call to get credit card information.
  • We will email the receipt of the application upon receiving payment and then you are eligible to begin gardening.

No specific plot can be guaranteed.



Manhattan Community Garden Home Page

Additional Information

Listed below is some addition information about the gardens. If you have any questions, please email

Plot rental for Riley Lane Plots varies by plot because the plots vary in size. There is also a $20 deposit. Low income gardeners pay a reduced fee also depending on plot plus a $10 deposit. Fees cover the costs of operating the program. Water, mulch, tools, and advice are available as part of the fee.  Plot Rental by Plot for Riley Lane Garden.

There are 130 plots available at Riley Lane. Come to a signup event to see what plots are open for rental.

Peace Pole

In 1995, the Manhattan Community Garden was awarded a Peace Pole, a project founded in Japan by the International Peace Pole Society. This award recognized projects that unite the community for cooperation and peace. The pole is mounted at the Community Garden on Riley Lane.