The Gathering Garden – North Idaho College Campus

Location: On the East Side of Hubbard Street and College Drive – North of the Fort Ground Grill

In 2012 the Gathering Garden partnered with North Idaho College to restore a sorely depleted piece of land, along the education corridor, to environmental health and productivity.  Transforming this dirt field from a neglected vacant lot to a blooming, productive growing spot was a big challenge. An all-volunteer Steering Committee formed eager to take on the challenge and built the area’s first organic gardening and environmental sustainability education center.  This program was named “The Gathering Garden” in reference to the site’s original use as a gathering spot for indigenous tribes and later housing one of the many sawmills that signified the economic base of the region.

The Gathering Garden now serves an educational grow space in partnership with North Idaho College.
The garden serves as an outdoor community classroom to gather, learn, share, and celebrate the benefits of sustainable living.

Take a self-guided tour of the garden whenever, or join in on one of our Volunteer Work days to connect with experienced gardeners (and all-round awesome people) who are available to share their knowledge and skills on a variety of horticultural practices, permaculture principles and techniques to help our community flourish in the resiliency and abundance of a revitalized food shed.

The food harvested at the Gathering Garden is utilized by North Idaho College’s Culinary Arts Program at Emery’s Restaurant. All surplus food is donated to local food assistance facilities and active garden volunteers.

The Gathering Garden is open to all ages, skill levels, and walks-of-life. There are many ways to participate at the Gathering Garden depending on your interest and availability. Some people choose to attend our educational events while others prefer to share their honed sustainability skills with others at the garden.  Some people rent a personal garden plot to be managed on their own time while others enjoy attending our public work parties where everyone works together for a few hours.
To start receiving notices about ways to get involved, send an e-mail to the or call 667-9093.

“We had such an incredible experience at the garden, and my students are completely “hyped” to incorporate such an amazing learning/community garden on our campus in St. Maries.”

~Rusti Kreider, Honors Science Teacher at St. Maries High School

Keep up with the Roots Gathering Garden events, volunteering, photos and more at our Facebook page

Upcoming events, classes and work parties will be posted on our calendar.

Calendar of events

Garden Location: On the East Side of Hubbard Street and College Drive – North of the Fort Ground Grill


  • Rent a Personal Grow Space
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Meeting Venue
  • Hold a Community Workshop
  • Summer Day Camp
  • BBQ Celebration
    and more…

The Gathering Garden is designed as an outdoor classroom. We have 5 picnic benches, a BBQ, veggie wash station, picnic supplies,  garden tools/gloves, wheelbarrows and more. If you are interested in utilizing the Gathering Garden for a venue, to rent a personal plot, or if you would just like a tour from one of our Gathering Garden volunteers, please complete the below Venue Application Form.  After we receive the form  one of our Gathering Garden committee members will contact you to confirm details.