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Ron Ory Community Garden Plots

  • The Garden Plots are officially closed for the season. 

  • Registration for the 2022 season:

    • 2021 gardeners, in good standing, are eligible for 2022 Priority Registration

      • An email will be sent to eligible 2021 gardeners mid-February. Make sure your email is up-to-date in our registration system. Call 630-848-5000 and speak with a Customer Service Associate if you need to change your email address.

      • Priority registratoin begins at the end of February

    • 2022 Open Registration begins in mid-March

Where are the Garden Plots Located?
811 S. West Street, Naperville, IL 60540



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GARDENING RESOURCES:

  • For a recording of our Basic Gardening Workshop click here.

  • For a recording of our Organic Gardening Workshop click here.

  • For a list of Vegetable Families characteristics click here.

  • For suggested Vegetable Planting Times and Hardiness click here.


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)

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.

2021 GARDEN PLOT FEES

 

Resident

Non-Resident

Resident Senior

Non-Resident Senior

Half Size Plot (14.5’ x 18’)

$30

$42

$24

$34

Full Size Plot (29’ x 18’)

$50

$72

$35

$59

Raised Plot (20’ x 4’)*

$28

$40

$22

$32

Garden plot sizes are approximate. 

*Raised Plot requires a doctor’s note.


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

 


 

 

 
 

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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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