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Garden Plots Still Available for 2014

 Despite the lingering cold and snow, now is the time to start planning your summer garden. Whether gardening at home or at the Naperville Park District’s West Street Garden Plots, residents are invited to attend a series of free gardening workshops led by Master Gardener and Commissioner Ron Ory.The workshops will meet at Sportsman's Clubhouse, located at 735 S. West St., from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the month of March. The Mar. 5 and Mar. 19 workshops will focus on organic gardening and the Mar. 12 and Mar. 26 workshops will cover regular gardening. Participants will hear helpful tips and practical suggestions on how to plant and maintain their gardens.“The workshops are tailored for beginning gardeners, emphasizing the basics of gardening,” said Ory.

     Registration for the Park District Garden Plots is continuing, with a few plots remaining for residents or nonresidents. A map of the plots can be viewed at the Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson Ave. Registration must be mailed or dropped off at the Administration Building.

Ron Ory and other Master Gardeners from Naperville Community Gardeners and the University of Illinois Extension also will support the demonstration gardens planted in recent years at the Naperville Garden Plots to help beginning gardeners learn more about native Illinois plants for their home landscape.

“This spring, we'll be installing the Prairie, Savanna and Sedge Meadow in the Idea Gardens to offer the home landscapers some additional ideas on using native plants in the home landscape,” explained Ory. “We’ll also have some new presentations in the Sensory Garden we installed last year.”