Over 500 community garden plots are available on an annual basis. Each year, garden plots are available to residents through the Park District’s Garden Plot Program. Plots are 20 feet by 30 feet each and are $15 per plot for residents ($30 for non-residents), with no limit on the number that can be reserved.

Those who rented garden plots in 2018 may reserve their same plots beginning on Monday, March 4, 2019. Starting on March 11, 2019, any remaining plots will be made available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved plots may be accessed from April 15 through Oct. 15.

NEW! Both sites now have potable water, made available through the Park District’s rainwater collection program. Fill your water containers on-site and nourish your plots with natural rainwater!

The Fox Valley Park District wishes gardeners success while growing fresh, healthy produce at the garden plots!

West Location

Jericho Road and Barnes Road (just east of Stuart Sports Complex), Montgomery
Located just west of Jericho Lake Park, this area hosts 260 garden plots. All registrations for garden plots at the west location are accepted at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., in Aurora. For information, call 630-859-8606. West Location Plot Map

East Location

Oakhurst Forest Preserve (1574 Fifth Ave.), Aurora
The Park District offers 250 garden plots at the Oakhurst Forest Preserve on Aurora’s east side, thanks to an agreement with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. All registrations for garden plots at the east location are accepted at the Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, in Aurora. For information, call 630-851-8990. East Location Plot Map



  • Hours
  • Hours

    Open Year-Round
    Sunrise to one hour past sunset.

    Gardeners are required to fill out a plot permit and will receive a vehicle permit to display in their car window to visit the site. Gardeners who rented plots the previous year have the first opportunity to reserve a plot during the first week of March. Beginning the second week of March, remaining plots are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. When registering to reserve plots, please have your vehicle license plate number along with the make, model and year of the car you will be using to visit your garden plot.

    West Location

    Jericho Road and Barnes Roads, Montgomery
    All registrations for garden plots at the west location are accepted at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., in Aurora. For information, call 630-859-8606.
    Jericho Registration Form and Regulations

    East Location

    Oakhurst Forest Preserve (1574 Fifth Ave.), Aurora
    All registrations for garden plots at the east location are accepted at the Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, in Aurora. For information, call 630-851-8990.
    Oakhurst Registration Form and Regulation

    Violations of the following regulations may result in revocation of the use of the plot(s), without refund if necessary or fines as appropriate. The Park District also reserves the right to refuse future gardening privileges to anyone who abuses the program.

    • Motorized vehicles are not allowed inside the plot area.
    • Gardeners must park only in the designated parking area.
    • Pets are not allowed inside the garden plot area.
    • Please leave a non-planted footpath between plots.
    • Be courteous to fellow gardeners and do not walk on others garden plots.
    • If you place stakes on your plants, please remove stakes by October 15.
    •  If gardener chooses to erect a fence, they must adhere to the following guidelines:
        • Fencing shall be constructed of wire fabric “chicken wire” or welded wire fabric utilizing steel “t” posts or similar metal posts. No plastic or wooden fencing allowed.
        • Fences and other structures are to be kept in good condition, posts and fence materials upright, no sharp/rusty wire or other protrusions that could cause injury.
        • Posts must be placed deep enough into the soil to securely anchor the post in a vertical (plumb) position. NO poured concrete may be used.
        • Metal fence posts may be up to 4 feet tall maximum, above ground, it is recommended that they have a flange at the base.
        • Tarps, plywood and other items not allowed.
    • All wood, wire, string, landscaping blankets, fencing and other materials must be cleaned from the plots by October 15.
    • Place all trash in the garbage containers located near the parking lot and garden plot areas.
    • Place all garden plot waste in the designated area marked near the garden plots.
    • Any garden plot that is not tilled by June 15 will be forfeited for the season.
    • The Fox Valley Park District does not assume responsibility for theft or vandalism.
    • Gardeners must not infringe on any other plots and must not allow pesticides, water, or other materials to infringe on another gardener’s plot.
    • Use only the garden plots that you hold a permit for.
    • Gardeners must display a vehicle hang tag permit from the rear view mirror during the time you are in the garden plots. Vehicles that do not display the hang tag permit will be ticketed. This procedure ensures the security of all gardeners and plots

    If you have any questions or encounter any problems with your garden plot rental, please contact the Fox Valley Park District at 630-851-8990 (Oakhurst) or 630-966-4558 (Jericho). In the event of an emergency, occurrence of vandalism, theft or damage at a garden plot site, please call 911 for assistance.

     


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