Ruth Moore Park Community Garden & Giving Grove Orchard
The Ruth Moore Park Community Garden is .5 acres located in the heart of Liberty that serves as a place to grow food, natural herbs and flowers in the company of friends and neighbors. The garden provides an opportunity to reconnect with nature or get physical exercise while tending to the growing plants. There are 8 raised beds and a 9 tree orchard. The garden and orchard are open to the public from dusk to dawn each day. Plots are available for rent and scholarships are available.
If you’re interesting in participating in the Community Garden, contact Liberty Parks & Rec at 816-439-4363 or submit the online interest form to start the application process.
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Community Garden at a Glance
- Originally established in 2014
- Currently offers up to (14) four-by-six-foot plots (half plot)
- Gardeners have the option of renting a half (4'x6') or double (4'x12') plot. Current rental fees are $25 for a single plot and $45 for a double plot annually
- Gardeners' plant and harvest for their own purposes
- Gardeners are required to utilize organic, sustainable and earth friendly methods
- Water is provided
- In collaboration with the City of Liberty, the garden has grown to include a Giving Grove Orchard. The initial 14 fruit trees were planted in Nov. 2016.
In April 2014, Liberty Parks and Recreation staff, community volunteers and representatives from The Giving Grove changed the landscape of Ruth Moore Park by planting 14 fruit trees, raspberry and strawberry plants.
The Giving Grove, which is an affiliate of the Kansas City Community Garden, works with community groups to create edible tree gardens as a sustainable food production for the community. This was the first partnership that worked to establish a grove in a city park.
This was also is the City of Liberty’s first foray into edible tree gardening, which is a sustainable food production and land management system based on planting fruit and nut trees, berry producing bushes and shrubs, and includes perennial herbs and vegetables.
At Ruth Moore Park, staff and volunteers have cared for the trees, including several varieties of apples, pears, and cherries in the orchard. Over the years the raised beds have seen a variety of fruit and vegetables growing. The varieties of trees selected are resistant to the common pests and pathogens, to minimize, if not eliminate, the need for pesticides.
In 2021 the Liberty Rotary Club applied for and was awarded a $5000 grant to revitalize the garden and the old garden beds were replaced by new raised beds with plans to add a crushed rock pathway and eventually art to the new Ruth Moore Community Garden. With the support of city staff recruitment has began for the Ruth Moore Community Garden Club in hopes of attracting volunteer stewards to plant and maintain the garden beds for the private use as well and community use.
Community Rules and Regulations
How much does it cost to garden here?
- A half plot is 4'x6' and $25 annually. A full plot is 4'x12' and $45 annually (There is a two plot maximum due to limited space). If you want to start growing items in the garden, contact Liberty Parks & Rec at 816-439-4368.
What kinds of tools, equipment and supplies are available at the garden?
- A watering source is available near the raised beds. You will need to supply your own hose and gardening tools.
Do you have compost bins at the garden?
- We do not currently have compost bins but hope to in the future.
What should I do if I experience or see theft or vandalism?
- Report theft, vandalism and unusual activities to Liberty Parks & Rec and Liberty Police.