Garden Plots at Mar-Duke Farm

The Mar-Duke Farm garden plots are located at 6800 S. Main Street, between Greenbriar Medical Center and Divine Savior Church. Full plots are approximately 20' x 30'. Half plots are approximately 20' x 15'. Six elevated plots, 4' x 11' are available on a first-come, first-served basis to persons with disabilities and gardeners who cannot work at ground level (one per person).

The Mar-Duke Phone number is 331.777.4355.

ANNOUNCEMENT

May 5, 2022

We anticipate the opening of Mar Duke to be sometime during the 3rd week of May due to the substantial rainfalls we have received during the last 6 weeks. However, this is weather dependent. Saturated soils are making it difficult to access the plots for cultivation. An email will be sent to confirm the opening date if you have shared your email address with us. We will also place an updated announcement here.

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Garden Plot Manual

Garden Plot Code of Conduct


2022 Garden Plot Fees

Full Plots Half Plots (26 available)
ADA Raised Beds (6 available)
Resident $47 $37
Non-resident $71 $56
Senior Resident (Age 62+) $37 $27
Senior Non-resident (Age 62+) $56 $41

important dates 2022

February 7 RENEWALS BEGIN: Gardeners may begin renewing up to four (4) non-organic or organic plots held in the 2021 season for the 2022 season. Raised bed gardeners may renew up to one (1) plot.
March 11 RENEWAL DEADLINE: Renewal forms must be received by March 11. Forms may be emailed to regi_staff@dgparks.org
March 17 OPEN REGISTRATION: Plots not renewed by March 11 will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Plots can be purchased online only at dgparks.org.
March 28 PLOT EXCHANGES: Garden plot exchanged will be considered on or after March 28 by emailing regi_staff@dgparks.org or calling 630.960.7500 Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.
April 25 ADDITIONAL ORGANIC PLOTS AVAILABLE: Gardeners who have four (4) organic plots reserved may obtain additional organic plots on a first-come, first-served basis from April 25 through May 27.
May 27 DEADLINE FOR ALL GARDEN PLOT RENTALS, REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES

Returning Gardeners

Gardeners may begin renewing up to four (4) non-organic or organic plots held in the 2021 season for the 2022 season. Raised bed gardeners may renew up to one (1) plot. Renewal forms must be received by March 11 @ 3 pm or must be renewed online by March 15. Forms may be emailed to regi_staff@dgparks.org.

New Gardeners

Plots not renewed by March 15 will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Garden plots for the 2022 season will be sold online only at dgparks.org beginning March 16. You must have a household account to purchase Garden Plots. If assistance is needed, you can contact our registration staff Monday-Friday from 9am - 4pm @ 630.960.7500.

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RENTAL RULES AND MODIFICATIONS

  • Non-organic plots: Gardeners may reserve an unlimited amount of non-organic full plots during open registration.
  • Organic plots: Gardeners may reserve a total of four (4) organic plots through April 25, which include plots that have been renewed. Additional organic plots if available can rented beginning April 26.
  • Raised beds & half-sized plots: Households may reserve only one (1) each of Raised or Half-sized Plots throughout the season. Half-sized plots are approximately 20 x 15 and a limited number are available.
In accordance to Governor Pritzker's Executive Order and following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Downers Grove Park District is asking gardeners to adhere to the following rules and guidelines. Additional general gardener rules are available in the Garden Plot Manual.
  • It is CRUCIAL that you maintain social distancing during your visit to Mar-Duke Farm. This means keeping a 6-foot distance from others outside of your household.
  • Playground is closed until further notice. Children should be supervised at all times and maintain social distance from others.
  • If you are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others, we recommend wearing a face covering.
  • Bring disinfectant wipes with you to wipe pump handles before and after use.
  • Do not share tools with other gardeners. Wearing protective gloves is highly recommended.
  • Please take home or properly dispose of any trash (facial tissues, used wipes, gloves, masks, food or drink refuse, etc.)
  • No bathrooms or drinking fountain will be available in May (reopening to be determined).
  • Parking is permitted on both sides of the road to enable social distancing.
  • To assist with security at the garden plots, all registered gardeners will receive two parking tags. Tags should be displayed from the rearview mirror of your vehicle and be visible during your time at the garden plots. Further information on the distribution of the tags and more details of the program will be sent to you, as the season gets underway.


gardener communication

When the plots are ready to open for the season, gardeners will be notified through a variety of communication channels:
  • An email will be sent to all registered gardeners.
  • An announcement will be posted to this page.
  • An announcement will be available on the Mar-Duke hotline at 331.777.4355.


To check the status of garden plots, to report a hydrant leak or other problem with the plots, please call 331.777.4355.

Should illegal activities, such as theft, alcohol use, malicious damage, illegal dumping, etc. be observed, please contact the Downers Grove Police Department at 630.434.5600.