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.

Returning Gardener Signups (Fall 2020/Winter2021):


* After November 2nd, Mail registration form with check to UFM, 1221 Thurston, Manhattan KS 66502. Credit card payments may be made online, please click the Pay Now button to the left. Or scroll to the bottom of this page to find the Pay Now button. You do not need a PayPal account to pay online – you may select the option “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” without creating an account. Or if you have a PayPal account you can sign in to your account.

Download: Garden Plot Rental Application

UFM is located at 1221 Thurston St in Manhattan. Parking lot in the alley between Kearney and Thurston

* December 2 (Wednesday) at UFM Solar Addition from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

* January 11 (Monday) at UFM Solar Addition from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

* Registration at UFM: returning gardeners only

– Jan. 12 (Tu) – from 9:00 – 11:00 am
– Jan. 13 (W) – from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
– Jan. 14 (Th) – from 9:00 – 11:00 am
– Jan. 15 (F) – from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
– Jan. 18 (M) – from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
– Jan. 19 (Tu) – from 9:00 – 11:00 am
– Jan. 20 (W) – from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
– Jan. 21 (Th) – from 9:00 – 11:00 am
– Jan. 22 (F) – from 1:30 – 4:00 pm

New Gardener and Returning Gardeners adding plots:


* February 6 at UFM from 9:30 – 10:30 am
* February 23 at UFM from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
* March 15 at UFM from 5:30 – 6:30 pm (Last signup)

No specific plot can be guaranteed.



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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.