Manheim Gardens is an inclusive community garden and green space in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri. At almost 2 acres, the garden provides an enriching place for neighbors, children, and adults alike to learn, grow, play, and thrive. 
As a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedication and heart are at the core of everything we do. We offer growing space and free produce for neighbors, host community events and educational activities, and practice regenerative gardening and farming.

our mission

Manheim Gardens is an inclusive green space. We cultivate connections and well-being by growing knowledge, relationships, plants, and food.

Meet us under the oak tree!

Visit the Gardens

We welcome ALL visitors - green thumb optional!

Whether you want to dig your hands into the soil, meet new people (or chickens!), admire the flowers, dance to live music, or sit quietly with a book. We hope to see you soon!

4225 Forest Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri

Open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk
~ except for events and with prior approval ~

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Nestled between The Paseo and Troost Avenue, the Historic Manheim Park neighborhood spans from 39th St to Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd (northern and southern edges, respectively). Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the 13 vacant lots on the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, presently Manheim Gardens, were used by neighbors as a community garden.

In 2016, amid concern over real estate speculation, community gardeners and members of the Historic Manheim Park Association (HMPA) formed the 501c3 Manheim Park Garden Conservancy (dba Manheim Gardens) in order to protect these greenspaces. 


Partner Organizations
Manheim Community Land Trust (MCLT)
Historic Manheim Park Association (HMPA)

Other Community Partners

Equal Minded Cafe
Manheim Park neighborhood churches
Local food pantries
Kansas City Community Gardens
Grant Funding
Neighborhoods Rising Fund
ReBuild KC Neighborhood Grants
Missouri Prairie Foundation

Donors & Volunteers
So many! ︎

Manheim Gardens Board

Manheim Park Garden Conservancy (dba Manheim Gardens) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an active Board of Directors and several committees dedicated to a wide array of projects in the Gardens. We have regularly scheduled meetings and workdays, where our ever-growing crew of volunteers make light work of maintaining and expanding the scope of our operations.

volunteers harvesting sweet potatoes

Land AcknowledgementManheim Gardens stands on the homelands of Native American peoples. In recent years, these nations have included the Missouria, Oto, Kansa, Osage, Shawnee, and Delaware. We pay respects to all Indigenous peoples — past, present, and future — for their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Native American diaspora.

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