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Posted on: February 4, 2021

Normal Community Garden Renewals and Registration Opening

Normal, IL – Feb. 4, 2021 – Registration for two organic community gardens in Normal opens at the Normal Parks and Recreation office,100 East Phoenix Avenue, at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 9 for Normal residents and at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11 for non-residents

 Returning gardeners who wish to renew their plot from last season must do so before 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Normal Parks and Recreation office.

Renewals and new garden plots are limited to one per family. Open garden plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and registration. Online registration is not available.  

 “Normal is proud to offer this amenity,” said Gene Kotlinski, assistant director of Parks and Recreation. “Community gardening is mutually beneficial to gardeners and the Town. Participants enjoy the experience of growing their own fresh fruits and vegetables, and the community benefits from the enhanced beauty of the public spaces.”  

 Community gardens are located at:

  • One Normal Plaza, 1110 Douglas St. 
  • Ironwood Park, 1900 N. Linden St. 

 Annual fees for the variety of plot sizes available are as follows:

For this size plot:

The seasonal fee is:

10’ x 10’


10’ x 20’


20’ x 20’



Gardens will be tilled and prepared prior to the start of the 2021 gardening season. Participants may begin gardening in their assigned plots no earlier than April 10. All soil amendments and plant applications must meet organic standards. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are strictly prohibited. Water is available at both sites. All plots must be cleared out by Nov. 1.

 Participants must maintain their plots as weed-free as possible. Please review the Gardening Rules and Regulations carefully which can be found on the Normal Parks and Recreation website: 

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