College Gardens is a small neighborhood located in Rockville, Maryland. Bordered by W Gude Drive to the north, I-355 to the east, College Parkway to the south, and the neighborhood of Woodley Gardens to the west, this little neighborhood in Montgomery County has a rich history.
Like many other neighborhoods in Rockville, College Gardens was originally farmland. Dating back to 1757, Richard Anderson purchased approximately 400 acres of land, 100 of which is now Montgomery College. The Anderson Farm remained in the family and was a working farm until the 1930s, during which time it became a dairy farm. It continued to be a dairy farm, where the prize-winning cows were exhibited at the Montgomery County Fair, until it was sold in the 1960s.
In 1961 the farm was sold to Pollenger Development Corporation, which began the inception of College Gardens. In 1965 the Planning Commission of the City of Rockville approved a plat map of College Gardens, which included the creation of the Watts Branch Forest Preserve. Homes commenced construction in 1967 and were completed in 1972. Though it has always been officially named College Gardens, it was originally marketed as Plymouth Village to harken back to early American roots.
Nowadays College Gardens is a close-knit community, a great deal in part due to the College Gardens Civic Association that was created in 1970. One wonderful facet of the CGCA is their Garden Club, which hosts field trips, guest speakers, workshops, social gatherings, and a spring plant sale to all who have an interest in gardening, no matter what their level of expertise. They meet on the second Thursday of each month (September through May) at the Rockville Senior Center.
The homes of College Gardens are typically single-family homes atop quarter-acre lots. The homes generally have 3-5 beds and 3-4 baths. Homes for sale in College Gardens have a median sales price of $650,000. Children of College Gardens attend Montgomery County Public Schools.