The following guidelines have been established by the Joliet Park District. The Park District requests that gardeners assume certain responsibilities for their plot(s). Please read the guidelines and direct any questions to Katie Zaban at 815-741-7275 x 601 or communitygarden@jolietpark.org

  • All gardeners are required to complete an application form. The application fee is due at registration. To get resident discount rates, you must bring your Resident Discount Card. To obtain a Resident Discount Card you must prove Joliet residency with (1) form of picture I.D. (in addition to RDC), and a current property tax or utility bill showing your name and address.
  • All gardeners are encouraged to attend at least one work day per gardening season. Dates and times will be emailed.
  • Gardening classes and events are scheduled from January through October. Monthly garden classes are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month from 6 - 7 pm in the Inwood Athletic Club Board Room. Join us to get to know your fellow gardeners and have your gardening questions answered.
  • All plots must be prepared for planting by May 15 and planted by June 6. The Park District may reassign unplanted plots, without refund, after this date.
  • Before planting, check the numbered stake to be certain you are in the correct plot. If you are unsure of your plot number, contact Katie Zaban at 815-741-7275 x 601 or communitygarden@jolietpark.org before planting.
  • Shared parking is located at the River Valley Justice Center, 3200 W. McDonough Street. Street parking is prohibited and can result in a ticket.
  • All gardeners are responsible to keep pathways around their plot clear and weed free.
  • For ease of hose use, plot pathways must remain intact, even with adjacent plots. Removal of pathways is prohibited.
  • Weed Policy and Consequences:
    • Participating in a community garden affords you an opportunity and a responsibility to your fellow gardeners. In order to ensure good gardening practices plots must be reasonably maintained. Reasonably maintained means weeds under control (less than 6" tall) and plants regularly cared for, watered and harvested. Plants must not exceed plot boundaries. The Park District has the right to mow the entire plot if the plot is not maintained after a warning is issued. Gardeners will have one week to weed before the plot is mowed.
    • Weeds compete with other plants in your garden and can quickly become invasive. If weeds are left to go to seed they will affect your neighbor's garden as well. Gardeners are responsible for keeping their plot weed free.
  • Plant tall plants and vines within the boundaries of your plot where they will not interfere with your neighbor's plot.
  • Pick up and dispose of litter.
  • Put weeds and dead plants from your garden plot into the compost bins provided. No plant material should be brought in by outside sources. Do not leave weeds or other debris in the pathway.
  • Each person is responsible for only their plot(s) and surrounding pathways. Do not apply anything to, or pick from another person's plot without his/her express approval.
  • Unattended watering is not permitted. Make sure all faucets are off and hoses are disconnected when leaving the garden.
  • The following are not permitted: planting of illegal plants; smoking and chewing tobacco (tobacco can transmit a virus to plants and cigarette butts are loaded with toxins) pets, drugs, alcohol, radios, boom boxes and fires.
  • Children should not be unattended in the garden.
  • For your safety, only garden during daylight hours.
  • Report theft, vandalism and unusual activities to Katie at 815-741-7275 x 601. If there is an emergency, call 911.
  • The Joliet Park District is not responsible for: costs related to individual garden plots, theft, damage, vandalism or any other acts of destruction or loss. The Park District makes no guarantees for water drainage, growth, or drought.
  • At the end of the gardening season, all dead plants and non-plant materials must be removed and disposed of properly whether you are returning or not. All gardens should be left neat and tidy. If your garden is not cleaned up by November 13, you could lose your gardening privileges for the next season.
  • If you plan to discontinue the use of your garden space at any time during the growing season, let us know as soon as possible so your plot can be reassigned.
  • Use common courtesy, be considerate of your gardening neighbors and enjoy!
  • Violation of gardener guidelines: If any of the guidelines are violated, you will be contacted by phone, e-mail and/or U.S. mail. You will then have one week to address the violation. After one week, if the violation has not been remedied, you may lose your gardening privileges.