Blackshear Neighborhood Garden is located at 2011 East 9th Street.  It was started on January 30th of 2008 when proposal-layout1_10241a license agreement was signed with the City of Austin.  The garden is the size of an urban city lot.  It is divided into a section of shared neighborhood rows and another section containing 14 plots.  Our structure is informal and neighborly.  If you are interested in gardening at Blackshear email Liz and Nathan.

Details for renting a plot:


  • Our dues schedule is seasonal: January – June and July – December.
  • It is a $40 suggested fee per season, please pay what you are able.
  • Fee includes water, use of tools, and access to seed exchange.
  • Gardeners with plots are required to put in 8 hours per season of work on community spaces / projects.
  • This is an organic space; no chemical herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers allowed.

Garden Work Parties and Garden Dinners:

We hold regular garden work parties. Email Liz and Nathan to be notified of our next event!

Garden Dinners:

We try to have quarterly garden dinners for gardeners, neighborhood folks and friends. We love to celebrate our special space with food and friends. Bring a dish or drink to share, your own place setting, and join us for dinner at 6pm. Email Liz and Nathan to be notified of our next event!


Special Thanks: Blackshear has received the support of the Sustainable Food Center, Steps to a Healthier Austin, the Austin Parks Foundations, Bury and Partners, and the Blackshear Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association.



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Free Hugelkultur Workshop Sat 2/16 12n-2pm

If you’ve noticed Wintertime on the wane and are hankering to get your hands in the earth again, come on and join friends of Blackshear Neighborhood Garden at the


During the 2 hour workshop with experienced hugelkulturist and urban homesteader Matt Hollon you will:
-Understand the methods of water-conscious hugelkulture bed construction.
-Install a hugelkulture bed from start to finish at the 9th Street Schoolhouse in east Austin.Date: Saturday, February 16
Time: 12 noon – 2pm
Location: 2006 E. 9th St.
Cost: FREE
Wear sturdy shoes, gardening clothes, and bring a shovel if you have one.

CHILDCARE PROVIDED by GrowinTogether after school program!
Coffee, tea, and snacks provided for your refreshment!

Sign up by RSVP’ing to the facebook event page or email
Hope you can join us!


Blackshear Garden Potluck & Party Sunday 6/17

You’re invited to join the Blackshear Gardeners and Neighbors for our quarterly potluck and party!

This Sunday 6/17

6pm potluck

8pm live music by The Cans and My Neighbor Nancy


What to Bring:

a dish and/or drinks to share

your own place setting

a chair if you’d like

Click here for the facebook event page.

We hope you can come out to meet neighbors, enjoy the garden, and check out our projects: rainwater collection, sustainable building techniques, chickens, shared garden rows, and compost.

Email caitlin.macklin[at] with questions.

Upcoming Events at Blackshear Neighborhood Garden

New garden work day hours for fall/winter: Sundays 2-5pm. Want to garden but can’t get a plot? Sign up for a monthly shift in our shared community rows.

Cob Wall Workshop sponsored and taught by the fine folks at Design~Build~Live! Saturday November 12th 9am-5pm. Learn about this sustainable building practice while contributing to our garden’s kid play space. Go to to register or contact Caitlin for more information.

Our quarterly Garden Dinner will be November 19th at 6pm. Please join us for fellowship and good times in the garden. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting.

December Work Party will be Saturday Dec. 3rd 9am-1pm. The Urban Farm Tour will roll through then as well, so come be part of the magic! Projects on tap: Solar Panel Mounting and Compost Pile Reorganization.

Workshop by TCMG on Bio-Intensive Gardening

We had a successful workshop at Blackshear Garden Saturday 10/8/11 on Bio-Intensive Gardening. Big thank you to Rosalie, Joe, and the rest of the Travis County Master Gardeners who made this free workshop possible. Folks from all over town came to learn about adapting this method of gardening to the Austin area. It was really great to learn from experienced Texas gardeners, and to make connections with other folks who grow food.

Blackshear Photos

Photos from then till now!

July Update

The garden is actually doing quite well considering how hot and dry it has been.  We still have Okra, Eggplant, Corn, Black Eyed Peas, Melons, Pumpkin, Tomato, Peppers, and even Cucumbers in the cooler parts of the garden.  We have most of the garden hooked up to a drip watering system, which gives a slow deep watering, giving the garden its summer longevity.  About the only plants not on the drip system are the trees and vines and like yours I feel like we are barely keeping them going until the cooler damper months restore them.  Our water bill is running about $35 a month and is easily split among the gardeners.


Blackshear January

Grass to soil.  Hope is in planting a seed.