Please Read Carefully. It Is Your Responsibility to Know and Comply With the Following Rules and Information.
1) General:

The garden rules are intended to maximize the safety and enjoyment of the garden by ALL members.

Physical Address:

1300 E. Avenida De Las Flores

Thousand Oaks, CA

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7104

Thousand Oaks, CA 91359

Make all checks payable to “The Community Gardens.”

2) Hours of Operation:

  • The garden is open to members daily year-round during daylight hours.

3) Membership and Rates

  • 10′ x 20′ plots lease for $45 and are renewable every January. There is a one-time refundable $20 cleanup deposit due at signup.
  • Easy Access plots lease for $25 per year and are renewable every January. There is a one-time refundable $20 cleanup deposit due at signup
  • Six-month proration/discount is available after July 1. A full $20 clean-up fee will be required on prorated plots.
  • The Annual Rental Fee is due December 31st for the following year.
  • Membership status is subject to revocation for non-payment of fees or non-compliance of Bylaws or Standing Rules.

4) Workdays

  • Member must contribute one (1) hour per month per plot to community work projects. Work hours are for the current month and cannot be accrued.
  • Members who are not able to attend scheduled workdays must choose a task on the Task Board in the large shed. Failure to perform one of the tasks as listed will result in a fine.
  • Workdays are usually on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 A.M. to noon.
  • Quarterly general meetings are held at 9:30 A.M and workshops, if any, are held at 10:30
  • Working in personal plots and the adjacent pathways is not considered community work.
  • A $20.00 fine is assessed per plot per month for members who do not fulfill their work contribution.

5) Greenhouse Use

Greenhouse use and orientation is required of all members who wish to use the greenhouse for starting seeds. To arrange an orientation time, please request:

6) Plots

  • A new member must have their plots cleared, start soil-building, and cultivation within four (4) weeks of the plot assignment.
  • Bulk premium soil amendment is ordered 3 times in the spring and once in the fall, or as needed. Members pay discounted prices, plus share in the delivery charge and taxes. Soil orders must be pre-paid.
  • Height Restrictions:  2′ for raised beds, 4′ for fencing, and one trellis per plot limited to 6′ height and 20′ width with no cross-beams. Preferable location for a trellis is  in the center of plot, so as not to shade an adjacent plot. No other structures are allowed. Row covers may be used on a temporary basis.
  • All plots must be planted during the spring and summer months.
  • Transferring to a different plot requires a written request to the Board.
  • Gardening shall be done in accordance with organic gardening principles as defined in the Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening by Rodale Press.
  • No artificial fertilizers or soils (example: Miracle Grow), toxic pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals may be used other than those approved by the Board.
  • Selling produce or products made from harvests, including flowers and herbs, is prohibited.
  • Edible and ornamental vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruits may be planted.
  • Members may not store or grow any animals.
  • All garden plots and adjoining pathways must be clear of weeds and trash year round. All plant growth, trellises, pots, etc. must be contained within garden plot boundaries.
  • Members who are unable to maintain their plots themselves for over 1 month, must have written authorization from the Board to have a non-member help with the plot. Restrictions may apply.
  • Water conservation must be practiced, turn off all faucets before leaving the garden. Do not water another member’s plot unless you have permission. No watering from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Members may not tap into the irrigation system or alter it in any way without written approval from the Board. Any emergency repairs to an irrigation system are billable to the plot member. Failure to repair a broken system in a timely manner will result in discontinuance of this privilege.
  • Flagpoles, bird feeders and birdhouses are subject to height restrictions up to 7′.
  • Existing soil should not be removed except to allow addition of amendments.
  • Ponds, large fountains or waterfalls are not allowed.
  • No permanent posts are allowed. Do not attach any structure to any other common garden structure such as garden hose posts or outside fencing.
  • Garden plots may not be entered without the member’s permission.
  • No soil, seeds, fruit, vegetable, flower, hand tools, or any other item may be removed from another members plot without their explicit permission.
  • Notify the Plot Manager or a Board member if you are discontinuing your membership.

7) Consideration and Behavior

  • No disruptive behavior will be tolerated including loud radios, vulgar language, raised voices, threats, or intimidation of other gardeners and guests.
  • Member shall not defame, disparage, criticize or otherwise write or speak to any person negatively about any member or policy of LFCG
  • No tobacco products or e-cigarettes are allowed in the garden.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted except for special events with approval from the Board.
  • Use of member’s personal information for commercial marketing or political purposes is prohibited.

8) Tools, Equipment and Supplies

  • Do not permanently remove items from the shed, as they are for all gardeners. No one may use any power equipment without proper instruction.
  • Do not take sprinkler heads that others have placed on hoses.
  • Clean tools before returning them to the shed.
  • Notify the Plot Manager if tools need replacing.
  • Do not leave personal items in the shed, the garden is not responsible for personal tools that are damaged or lost.

9) Safety

  • No pets are allowed inside the garden, except certified service dogs.
  • Control of varmints includes the use of snap-traps and live-traps. Live trapped animals are released.  Any member tampering with any trap is subject to immediate dismissal. Unused gardening supplies, trellises, wood, debris etc. must be removed each season to prohibit varmint housing.
  • Avoid standing water in containers/saucers so as not to breed mosquitos.
  • Keep garden materials out of pathways.
  • Members are responsible for the actions and activities of their guests and caretakers.
  • SUPERVISE CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES for their protection and to prevent damage to nearby plots.
  • Members may not make or apply manure tea due to possible bacterial contamination and offensive odor. No human wastes may be used in the garden.

10) Gates

  • The combination locks on the gates must be locked when gardeners leave.
  • The combination is not to be given out to non-members.
  • Do not leave any gates propped open longer than necessary to load or unload materials.
  • The last person to leave the garden should check to make sure all gates are closed and locked.

11) Compost and Trash

  • Personal compost bins are grouped around the garden and are hard black plastic with lids. These are for the sole use of those individuals.
  • Use trash cans by the gates and outside dumpsters for trash. Dead animals should be enclosed in a plastic bag before disposing in dumpster.

12) Notifications and Communications

  • Member must notify the Board of their current email address, street address, and telephone number. Any correspondence mailed or emailed to the addresses on file will be considered delivered.

13) Meetings

  • General meetings are held quarterly at the garden at 9:30 A.M.

14) Grievances

  • Please submit in writing to the Board.

CRPD Controversial and Banned Plants

  • This list is not to be construed as all-inclusive. Additional plants will be added as required. If you are unsure, ask a board member or the Plot Manager.
  • Container plants must be inside plot perimeter with a paving stone, board or something impermeable underneath container to prevent roots from going into the ground. LFCG height restrictions apply.
  • Bamboo
  • Bermuda
  • Castor
  • Gopher Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris)
  • Pampas Grass
  • Papyrus
  • Smoking Tobacco
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Sugar Cane
  • Mint (available in community herb garden)
  • Horseradish
  • Marijuana
Container, with stone or wood under the pot:
  • Dwarf Fruit Trees – height restrictions apply
  • Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry
  • Ceanothus
  • Datura/Brugmansia (Angel Trumpets)
  • Desert Sages
  • Ice Plant
  • Japanese Honeysuckle
  • Mexican False Heather
  • Morning Glory
  • Orange Honeysuckle
  • Plumbago
  • Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Yucca
  • Wisteria
  • Deadly Nighshade




All composting bins must be clearly numbered on the lid and on the bin.  Owners name and plot number must be recorded and ownership maintained by the plot manager.

NO OPEN BINS allowed; all compost bins must be covered at all times.

Number of compost bins outside of garden plots is limited to 3 per individual.  All bins will be located in designated area by plot manager.  Each member may be allowed to have a limit of 2 bins inside their plot.

If there is no apparent activity in any bin, plot manager at his discretion, may reassign that bin. 

Garbage either from outside or inside the garden shall not be used in the bins. Dumping food waste in a bin causes unpleasant odors as it decomposes, attracts flies and vermin.  Fruit and vegetables may be in the bin provided they are either mixed with the bin contents or covered with brown waste. If properly maintained compost bins should not have any unpleasant order. 

Table waste and left over or spoiled food should not be used, such as: potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, cooked or raw fish products, spoiled or rotten eggs, cooked or raw meat products 

Compost bins are assigned only by the Plot Manager.

Following is a list of current bin locations, subject to change.

Children’s Garden

Large Delivery Gate

Near Plot 86.

Near Plot 71

Near Apricot Tree

Near Tractor Shed

Community Gardens of the Avenue of the Flowers




Irrigation and Water Connections

The following rules for proper installing of watering system will be implemented due to emergency repairs being required to stop water leaks at a substantial cost to the Garden.

Board Approval – Irrigation requests must be made in writing, with reasons why the request should be approved. The approval will be issued in writing, the date and time of the installation will be scheduled so all members are notified of the water shut off.

The water connections will be scheduled weekdays only from noon to 5 PM, there will be no weekend installations.

All materials must be approved by the board.

  • No slip joint connections that may blow out.
  • Only glue or threaded joints.
  • Proper set up time needs to be provided, even “Hot” glues require 24 hours to set up 100%.

By code backflow prevention devices (vacuum breakers) must be installed on all current and future installations of sprinkler or drip line systems, approved anti-siphon valves must be installed at the end of the hose bibs.

All new exposed plastic pipe should be painted with a special spray paint that sticks to plastic. PVC is not UV resistant and may shatter eventually, causing an emergency situation.

A $25 fee will be assessed for all future connecting to the common water system.

A $100 fine will be issued to members with connections and materials not to code that cause an emergency repair.

If you are unsure about the status of your water system, please request free inspection.

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