Garden Plots Opening Day

Naperville residents who purchased a Garden Plot with the Naperville Park District wasted no time getting their hands dirty on opening day of the plots.

Over 500 plots line West Street and give gardeners a chance to ditch their backyard and plants vegetables right in the center of town.

“It’s stress relief, it’s an opportunity to meet a bunch of people that you really don’t meet in the winter time when your held up all winter and at the end of the day you get some great vegetables to share with you family and friends,” said Jeff Butryn, a Naperville Resident.

Residents who signed up for a plot are given a space of land, about 18 x 29 feet, and the rest is up to them, preparing the land, planting and hoping for a harvest later on.

But if you’re new to gardening, there are many people out in the plots who can help you sprout your green thumb.

“I’m one of the new garden plot ambassadors and so were supposed to share good news with all our neighbors and give them an avenue if they need help,” said Larry Gruette, a Naperville Resident.

And take it from Master Gardener Ron Ory himself, this is the beginning of a long but rewarding journey.

“Gardening is hard work but it should be done it such a way that it’s also satisfying, rewarding and the benefits between making things grown and creating something beautiful in a flower or something productive in a vegetable it’s going to take some hard work,” said Ory.

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