Normal Parks and Recreation will open registration for two organic community gardens to the public on Tuesday, March 10 at 8:30 am for Normal Residents, and Non-Residents on Thursday, March 12 at 8:30 am. Open garden plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and registration will take place at the Normal Parks and Recreation office,100 East Phoenix Avenue.
The community gardens are places where people come together to cultivate and harvest their own fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Gardens are located at One Normal Plaza, 1110 Douglas Street, and at Ironwood Park, 1900 North Linden Street. A variety of plot sizes are available at both sites:10’ x 10’ plots for $15, 10’ x 20’ plots for $25, and 20’ x 20’ plots for $35. Garden plots are limited to only one per family.
Gardeners from 2019 will have the opportunity to renew their plot from last season. Those wishing to renew must do so before the end of the business day on Thursday, February 27 at the Normal Parks and Recreation office. Renewals are limited to one per family.
The gardens will be tilled and prepared prior to the start of the 2020 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 no later than November 2.
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: www.NormalParks.org/CommunityGardens.