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Garden Plots

Garden Plots

Reston Association rents over 270 garden plots each year in four locations. All of the plots are located on a gas pipeline easement that runs through Reston. This makes good use of this land due to the requirement to keep these areas open. The garden plots provide a place for growing sun-loving vegetables and flowers. Of the five locations, four are for organic gardening. Garden plots are for RA members only. If you are interested in placing your name on the waiting list contact the Central Services Facility at 703- 437-7658 or write

Plot Locations

  • Golf Course Island, on North Shore Drive
  • Lake Anne, on Wiehle Avenue near the Unitarian Church
  • Hunters Woods I, next to the Veterinary Clinic on Reston Parkway
  • Hunters Woods II, next to Hunters Woods Pool on Reston Parkway
  • Cedar Ridge Garden Plot, next to Forest Edge Elementary School on Becontree Lane

For current gardeners

Garden plot license agreements expire on Nov. 20 of every year. Please be on the lookout for your renewal contracts that will be sent to you by mail in mid October.

If you find your plot too cumbersome, please consider plot share or divide your plot with a gardener on the waiting list. Please contact the Central Services Facility at 703-437-7658 or

Please help keep the garden plots beautiful. Keep weeds below six inches, including morning glory vines.

Your Garden Plot Volunteer Coordinator is a great resource. What does a volunteer coordinator do?
Click here for more information.

Click here for Garden Plot Volunteer Coordinators' contact information.

The Gleaning Program

To glean means to gather leftover produce after a harvest. We’re using this concept and adjusting it to fit our RA community gardens. The premise of the program is that all of the unused crops from our garden plots will be donated to those in need in our own community. Here’s how it works:

Step 1:
Email whenever you go on vacation, can’t take care of your garden plot for any amount of time, for any reason, or it’s the end of the season and you’re tired of taking care of your garden but your tomato vines won’t stop producing.

That’s it. That’s all that is required of you.

Step 2: What will then happen is a volunteer will take care of your garden plot while you’re gone. They will water and weed your plot, in exchange they can take a share of the harvest and the rest of the harvest will be donated to Embry Rucker Community Shelter providing fresh food to those in need (click here for more information). Don’t worry you can specify anything you don’t want to be harvested while you’re gone just in case you’ve been growing a watermelon for months that you’re saving for your return.

Volunteer for the Gleaning Program: If you’re interested in being a part of our volunteer team just send an email to and you will receive more information about being a gleaning volunteer.


Composting is a great way to keep biodegradable material out of the landfills and improve gardening soil. Reston Association allows residents to bring compostable kitchen waste to any of the compost bins at the five garden plot locations. Compost is for RA gardeners only.

  • Fruit or vegetable food scraps, coffee grounds and egg shells are acceptable

  • No trash may be dropped off

  • No meat products

  • No animal waste

  • No yard debris

  • No dairy products

There is a shovel attached to each of the compost bins to turn the compost when it is dropped off.