Nothing is quite as satisfying as planting seeds and seeing nature's blessing emerge through the soil - except possibly eating the harvest! People who like to garden but don't have much space may want to sign up for one of the District's garden plots. Full sized plots are 19 X 30 feet and half size plots are 19 X 15 feet. We provide a limited number of watering spigots. Hand-held watering containers will be needed; no hoses are allowed. Plant and seed purchases are the responsibility of each gardener.
Please remember the following as you begin to prepare for planting.
- Garden plots are identified with a numbered wooden stake placed in the center of each plot. Four corner flags also mark each plot; adjoining plots will have common flags. Full size plots will be marked with a number and a single letter; half size plots are marked with a number and a double letter. Please do not remove the stake or the flags.
- Before planting, check and make sure you are in the correct plot. You may mark the boundaries of your plot but you may not extend your plot beyond the designated boundary lines. The Park District is not responsible for costs incurred for replanting.
- While the Park District tills the soil at the beginning of the season, gardeners may need to till again just prior to planting.
Enjoy the 2014 gardening season!
How to Sign Up
Please note that Garden Plots are not available for online registration.
New gardeners are assigned a plot based on availability.
Registration forms must be mailed to or dropped off at the Park District’s Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson Avenue.
- Available 2014 Garden Plots Map
- Gardening information
Garden Plot Guidelines
- Read the guidlines before planting
Garden Plot Newsletter
4/2/14 - First Edition
2014 Registration Dates
Fri., Feb. 7 - Last day for priority forms* to be submitted. Forms received after 5:00 p.m.will not be guaranteed renewal.
* Priority registration has been mailed to resident gardeners in good standing at the end of the 2013 season.
Mon., Feb. 10 - Requests to transfer plots start at 8:30 a.m.at the Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson.
Mon., Feb. 24 - Resident walk in registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson.
Thurs., Feb. 27 - Nonresident walk in registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson.
Thurs., Feb. 27 - Second plot registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson.
Garden Plots To Host the Park District’s First Honeybee Hives in Spring 2014
The honeybees have arrived! The queens and her workers took up residence on April 22 in the three hives built just for them in the District’s Garden Plots. They will be busy this summer pollinating the plants in the Garden Plots and surrounding areas. Most fruits and vegetables you harvest from your garden are provided courtesy of bees. One-third of crops we eat in the U.S. are pollinated by honeybees, the wasp’s less aggressive cousin. Unfortunately, since 2006, billions of honeybees have died worldwide. Scientists don’t know exactly why it’s happening but suspect that a combination of viruses, parasites, pesticides, habitat loss and stress may all be factors. Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, has scientists, farmers and even economists very concerned. By adding three honeybee hives to the Garden Plots we’re increasing the local bee population and helping to ensure that your garden has enough pollinators to keep blooming all season long!
If you have further questions about the honey bees at the Garden Plots, please contact Danielle Hlava at 630-848-5040.
Benefits of Community Gardening
Did you know that community gardening has multiple benefits that are felt and seen not only by the gardeners themselves, but that are enjoyed by an entire community? The primary benefits of community gardening include:
- Municipal Costs
- Pocket Parks
- Improved Diets
- Food Production
- Youth Education
- Cultural Opportunities
- Horticultural Therapy
- Crime Prevention
If you'd like to learn more, click here to read some excerpts taken from a document titled, "The Multiple Benefits of Community Gardening." This information is being used with written consent from Gardening Matters in Minneapolis, MN
Follow the Garden Plots on Facebook!
We have a Facebook group for our Garden Plots participants and we’d like you to join us.
Garden Plots Project Historical Information
Click Here for historical information regarding the West Street Garden Plots project and previously proposed DuPage River Park location.
Where are the Garden Plots Located
Naperville Park District Garden Plots 811 S. West Street, Naperville 630.848.5000