What is Garden Station?

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Garden Station is an art park and community garden in downtown Dayton that features murals, sculpture, community garden plots, concerts, bonfires, drum circles, festivals, markets, movies and more!

Regular events include the Really Really Free Market, live music on the first Friday of each month, volunteer work day on Saturdays where you can help us on projects and the Garden Station Sunday Market which features  local art and produce.

There have been all kinds of events here, weddings, electronic music DJ’s, Shakespeare in the park, garden and art workshops, art and music festivals and non-profit organization fund raisers. Rental of Garden Station helps us to grow!

We have a permaculture and creative reuse emphasis and have built a straw bale shed with a bottle wall on a pounded tire foundation with a green roof, and a greenhouse made of two liter pop bottles. There are community garden plots that members of the community can rent for the season. Garden Station is built and cared for with community volunteers and donations. We are not a city park or a MetroPark but our own non-profit organization of community volunteers.


Established in 2008

The property at 4th and Wayne was previously owned by the railroad and used as a storage yard before the city of Dayton purchased it. By the time we started Garden Station it had been vacant for over 50 years and had become a homeless camp and dumping ground. A local artist collective made an agreement with the city to occupy the space and turn it into a community garden and art park in June 2008. Lisa Helm and Lily Whitehead were volunteer co-project leaders and focused on cleaning the space up by cutting down honeysuckle, picking up trash, killing poison ivy and got water installed that first summer. Lily started her own studio at the end of the season so Lisa became the sole Project Manager with Ed Jackson joining as the primary volunteer caretaker of the property. 2009 we added a straw bale shed and had electric installed. 2010 we added a pop bottle greenhouse and started construction of a new arch entry way. Garden Station is built entirely with the efforts of volunteers and donations. Please contact us to help!



Lisa Helm – Founder/Executive Director, Project Manager
David Kenworthy – Art Director
Jeff Opt – Music Director
Barb Kuhns – Community Garden Manager
Amelia O”Dowd – Sunday Market Representative
Carolyn Pacleb – Treasurer
Ed Jackson, and EJ Kenworthy – volunteers extraordinare



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