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Ron Ory Community Garden Plots

Nothing is quite as satisfying as digging in the dirt, planting seeds and seeing your hard work work pay off with a bounty of beautiful fruits, vegetables and flowers! 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 29 X 18 feet and half size plots are 14.5 X 18 feet (approximately).

  • We provide a limited number of watering spigots. Hand-held watering containers will be needed; no hoses are allowed.

  • Purchase of plants, seeds and tools are the responsibility of each gardener.


Where are the Garden Plots Located?
811 S. West Street, Naperville, IL 50540

 

The Garden Plots are officially open from sunrise to one hour after sunset.

  • Be sure to plant in the correct plot.
  • The planting deadline has been extended to June 15. 

 

As we begin the 2020 Gardening Season strict guidelines must be followed by all gardeners. 

  • SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED:  While at the garden plots gardeners who do not reside within the same household must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from all other gardeners. 

  • Please be vigilant in preventing the spread of germs by practicing good hygiene. If you or any members of your family become ill, please stay home and do not participate in Park District programs or visit our facilities until you are well.

  • We recommend that you wear gloves when using water spigots located at the site. 

Additional garden plot guidelines can be found at:  www.napervilleparks.org/gardenplots

 

Assumption of Risk: Please be aware that by participating in this program, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages or loss which you or your minor child/ward might sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with this program (including exposure to communicable disease).

 

Parking permits were mailed the week of April 27. If you do not receive your parking permit by May 9 please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Even if you do not receive your parking permit as long as you are registered for a plot you may start gardening once the plots are open.

 

If you need onsite help or have gardening questions:

  • Visit the kiosk to find out who the Garden Plot Ambassador is for your section. Garden Plot Ambassadors (GPAs) can help you with garden plot questions/finding answers.

  • Consult the Master Gardeners plots for gardening questions, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 8 am – 10 am by visiting their garden plots 1D, 2D, 1E, and 2E.


2020 Garden Plot Online Registration Continues:

  • Please note that Park District Customer Service offices are not open.  All registrations must be conducted online.

  • Here's how to register for a plot online:

    1) Visit our registration website, https://apm.activecommunities.com/napervilleparks 

    2) Type in "Garden Plots" in the search field

    3) This pulls up the 3 categories of plots: Full, Half or Raised

    4) Click on the blue "More" button for the plot size of your choice

    5) This will list all the plots - if you see a "0" under "Open" the plot is already taken (and it says, "We're sorry but this Activity is full" to the far right)

    6) If you see a "1" under "Open" you will be able to register for it by clicking on the green "Add to Cart" button. (The green “Add to Cart” buttons really stand out so look for these).

    The garden plot map link is found below. Please note the map does not show which plots are rented and which ones are not rented. You have to visit the registration website to see what's still available.

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  • FORMS & BROCHURES:

For questions about the garden plots, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


GARDEN PLOT SIZE 

Full Plot, 29’ x 18’ (approximately)
Half Plot, 14.5’ x 18’ (approximately)
Raised Plot, 20’ x 4’ (requires doctor’s note)

Garden Plots Map

Please remember the following as you begin to prepare for planting.

  • Before planting, check and make sure you are in the correct plot.
    • Garden plots are identified with a numbered wooden stake placed in the center of each plot.
      • 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
      • Four corner flags also mark each plot; adjoining plots will have common flags. Please do not remove the stake or the flags.
  • 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.

     

2020 GARDEN PLOT FEES 

Full Size Plot – Resident - $49
Full Size Plot – Non-Resident - $70
Full Size Plot – Resident Senior - $34
Full Size Plot – Non-Resident Senior - $58
 
Half Size Plot – Resident - $29
Half Size Plot - Non-Resident - $40
Half Size Plot - Resident Senior - $23
Half Size Plot – Non-Resident Senior - $33
 
Raised Plot (ADA Accessible) – Resident - $27
Raised Plot (ADA Accessible) – Non-Resident - $39
Raised Plot (ADA Accessible) – Resident Senior - $22
Raised Plot (ADA Accessible) – Non-Resident Senior - $32



WHAT ELSE IS AT THE GARDEN PLOTS?

NATURE DISCOVERY AREA

Over the past several years, the Central Maintenance Division of the Parks Department, in conjunction with the expertise of trained volunteers and interested individuals or groups, like Eagle Scouts, have converted several outdoor areas into demonstration gardens. These natural areas cover approximately one acre of land that was unused, undeveloped or had been a gravel parking lot. Trained volunteers, certified as Master Gardeners and/or Master Naturalists, by the Extension Office of the University of Illinois, continue to provide their time and efforts to expand and maintain these natural areas.

  • These gardens highlight the native plants found in Illinois’ prairies, wetlands, woodlands and savannas.
  • Include a sensory garden, sedge meadow, rain garden, monarch waystation and other pollinator gardens, fruit tree demonstration gardens, a tree nursery and a working compost system.
  • These demonstration gardens help fulfill the District’s core values of teaching life skills and promoting sustainability. 
  • They offer a place to relax and learn about our natural environment. It's a great place to observe and learn about vegetables and fruits, perennials and annual plants that grow well in our climate. Native plants are well adapted to our area and demand less water and chemicals to grow and remain healthy.
  • Can be visited during normal park hours (sunrise to one hour after sunset).

The NATURE DISCOVERY AREA includes these elements:

Several POLLINATOR GARDENS and NATIVE PLANTINGS are located throughout the area. Click here and here to read more about these planting projects.

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A SMALL FRUIT GARDEN of fruit trees and berry vines extends south of the round Pollinator Garden inbetween parking spots and more POLLINATOR GARDENS were planted along the fenceline.

The IDEA GARDENS include easy-to-maintain native plants and provide interpretive signs with additional information.  Specialty gardens include a Native Prairie, a Sensory Garden, a Sedge Meadow, a Rain Garden, and a Savanna Woodland along with a picnic area and mini labyrinth. A working compost system is also on display.
    

  

 

Sections of the Idea Gardens have been certified by the Conservation@Work/Home Program and as a Monarch Waystation.

       

 

A DONATION STATION kiosk, facing the parking lot, is used by gardeners who have extra fruits and vegetables to donate. Staff from Loaves & Fishes, a local food pantry, regularly pick up produce from this kiosk to take back to their organization. 

 

Four MASTER GARDENER PLOTS are tended to by Master Gardners providing service hours and the produce is donated to Loaves & Fishes. These plots are located south of the Idea Gardens.

 

Next to the Master Gardeners' plots, a 12-fot triangular FRUIT TREE GUILD, a perennial, edible, sustainable garden designed around a fruit tree, was planted and is maintained by the Resiliency Institute. The guild includes yarrow, asparagus, chives, wild blue indigo, raspberry, daffodils, sorrel, coneflower, brazelberry, honeyberry, purple passion, New Jersey tea, strawberries and bee balm—all centered around an Asian pear tree, and all designed to become self-sustaining after a year of maintenance. To learn more about permaculture and fruit tree guilds, click here

 

 

A WOODLAND GARDEN of approximately 70 species (mostly native to the area) of trees and shrubs.  The woody plants are small to provide the best chance to survive and were installed by volunteers in 2018. The Woodland Garden also emphasizes plants that are easy-to-maintain natives along with identification signs for additional information.
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A TREE NURSERY, located south of the Woodland Garden, is an extension of the Woodland Garden and contains larger species that will be transplanted to area parks, when of sufficient size. The Tree Nursery, like many of the elements of this restored natural area, was installed by volunteers.
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ONSITE HONEY BEES
Three hives are currently onsite towards the back of the garden plots. As of 2020, one hive is inhabitated by honeybees with the hope that the hive will grow and expand into the other hives.
If you have further questions about the honey bees, please contact Beth Myers at 630-848-5038. 

 

BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY GARDENING
Did you know that community gardening has multiple benefits?

The personal benefits of community gardening include:
- Elevated Mood

- Whole body exercise

- Lowered stress

- Improved Diet

- Increased social connections

- Environmental Stewardship

 


 

 

 
 

Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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