Garden of Hope

Dena Brummer in the Garden of Hope

The Garden of Hope is a teaching garden on the Duarte campus of the City of Hope that's open to patients, employees, visitors, and the greater community. It is a space aligned with the Nourishing Hope philosophy of promoting the connection between nutrition and well-being. The garden allows anyone to be a part of growing and harvesting fresh, healthy, clean food, get to know each other better, and develop a hands-on hobby. Located near the intersection of Buena Vista St. and Village Road, the garden is completely volunteer-driven. The garden is partially sponsored by the Department of Community Benefit and the City of Hope - Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Partnership.


The Garden of Hope is an innovative leader in teaching gardens at medical centers.


The Garden of Hope is an inclusive, therapeutic teaching garden that promotes good food and living.


Food Justice

  • Community-Based Partnerships with Arroyo High School and La Primera Elementary School
  • Food Literacy Initiatives
  • Food Equity Programs (Produce for Patients)

Environmental Stewardship

  • Agroecology-based educational programs to address the climate crisis, and connect people to food and nature.
  • Programming that honors traditions, cultural practices, and other education forms increases our collective connection to nature.
  • We use food and gardens to foster community health, connections, and strength.

Edible Gardens

Garden of Hope currently has two edible gardens on the Duarte campus. The edible gardens are the only interactive gardens on campus and are maintained by garden volunteers. The edible gardens demonstrate small-scale edible gardens in the urban built environment.
Garden of Hope Community Garden (Main garden)
Garden of Hope Community Garden was built in Fall 2018. The garden is ever-changing and consists of mostly seasonal edibles. The garden features 14 raised vegetable beds, a pollinator garden, hydroponics, vermicomposting, greenhouse, compost, California native garden, and more under 3,000 sq ft. The space is open to visitors from sunset to sunrise and available to volunteers during designated volunteer hours.
Garden of Hope-- City Cafe Garden
Garden of Hope has expanded with a second garden outside City Café. The Garden of Hope "North" at the City Café is maintained by volunteers, mainly staff from the Nourishing Hope food services department. This garden expansion allows more people of the City of Hope community to access the farm-to-table idea of local, healthy food. The garden consists of 9 beds all featuring edible plants planted and harvested by volunteers.

Volunteer at the Garden

Garden Volunteers
Garden of Hope is a volunteer-driven garden supported by internal and external volunteers that make up the Garden Club. Garden Club members, also referred to as "garden sprouts", assist with daily garden tasks needed to support the garden's mission. Tasks include watering, propagation, transplanting, community events, and more. The produce that is harvested is distributed among volunteers, patients,  the City of Hope cafeteria and local food shelters. All are welcomed to participate, and no experience is required. 
Prospective volunteers are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Garden Manager and watch the volunteer orientation video before volunteering. Garden materials will be provided. For more information or to rsvp to volunteer contact
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Upcoming Events
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LUNCH & LEARN - February 13, 2024

  • Heart Health Herbs and Vegetables 

WEED & WATER WEDNESDAYS - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

GROW & LEARN - February 24, 2024

  • Topic - Integrated pest management
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LUNCH & LEARN - March 12, 2024 

WEED & WATER WEDNESDAYS - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

GROW & LEARN - March 23, 2024

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LUNCH & LEARN - April 9, 2024


GROW & LEARN - April 27, 2024

  • Topic - California native plants & benefits of pollinators in the garden
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LUNCH & LEARN - May 14, 2024

  • Botanical Tincture & Slave Making Methods

WEED & WATER WEDNESDAYS - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

GROW & LEARN - May 25, 2024


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LUNCH & LEARN - June 11, 2024

WEED & WATER WEDNESDAYS - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

GROW & LEARN - June 29, 2024

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LUNCH & LEARN - July 9, 2024

WEED & WATER WEDNESDAYS - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

GROW & LEARN - July 27, 2024

  • Topic - Permaculture Principles 101
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LUNCH & LEARN - August 13, 2024

  • Staying on track when eating out

WEED & WATER WEDNESDAYS - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

GROW & LEARN - August 24, 2024

TEAM BUILDING SLOT - August 24, 2024

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LUNCH & LEARN - September 10, 2024

  • Edible Weeds & Ways To Incorporate Them Into Your Diet

WEED & WATER WEDNESDAYS - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

GROW & LEARN - September 21, 2024

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LUNCH & LEARN - October 8, 2024

  • 7 Essential Herbal recipes for Cold & Flu Season

WEED & WATER WEDNESDAYS - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

GROW & LEARN - October 19, 2024

Employee Wellness Collaboration (Virgin Pulse)

City of Hope employees are able to earn more benefits for volunteering at the Garden of Hope. 
Join a Weed and Water Wednesdays or Grow and Learn event at the Garden of Hope, Duarte campus for a "hands-on" learning experience. See the event schedule to register for upcoming events.  At the event, receive a voucher for 350 points redeemable on your Rewards page. Register at Volunteers must complete a brief garden orientation, sign-in and out and receive a voucher to claim rewards.

Community Outreach Programs

The MarketKids is a free program that teaches kids between the ages of 6-17 the power of nutrition, entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership through experiential learning. The program started in 2019 at Beardslee Elementary School, in the Duarte School District and then expanded to Mountain View School District in El Monte in 2020. The program focuses on the basics of running a farmers’ market, nutrition, and food systems education. Educational activities also promote fresh produce as an alternative to processed food. After two training sessions, students take charge and decide what produce to sell, marketing, customer service, and handling money.

How It Works
City of Hope partners with the school team and provides all the up-front costs (cost of produce, display tubs and training/mentoring). We also create the bridge between the local farmers (Via Food Roots – a local Community Supported Agriculture organization) and the school team so that there is a seamless flow in place that allows for the ordering and delivery of the produce. We will continue to subsidize the produce up to 4 farmer’s markets after which schools should be able to fund and run the markets on their own.

How To Get Started
School partners are a key link between the MarketKids and program participants. These school partners must commit to hosting 4 farmers markets and be capable of overseeing and executing the market with the kids and recruiting an adequate number of volunteers to help with the program. Schools will also be held accountable for the tracking of market sales over time and completing an evaluation that will measure changes in both the staff and student participants. If you think you will be able to commit to the program expectations, please contact Nancy Clifton-Hawkins at

Learn More about Gardening

  1. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources:
  2. The Farm at the Fairplex:
  3. UC Master Food Preserver Program:
  4. Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture:
  5. Eco Urban Gardens: