Naperville Park District offers free gardening workshops

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 from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in March at Sportsman’s Clubhouse, 735 S. West St. The March 5 and 19 workshops will focus on organic gardening and the March 12 and 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,” Ory said.

Registration for the few remaining Park District garden plots is continuing. A map of the plots can be viewed at the administration building, 320 W. Jackson Ave. Registration must be mailed or dropped off at there.

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,” Ory said. “We’ll also have some new presentations in the Sensory Garden we installed last year.”

For more information about the Garden Plots or about other programs and facilities at the Naperville Park District, call 630-848-5000 or visit

Courtesy of the Naperville Park District