Do you struggle to find space for a garden at home?
Does your yard not get enough sunlight for a garden to thrive?
Do you love being outside and getting your hands dirty?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then starting a plot at the Effingham Community Garden is for you!
Effingham has been getting lots of rain this spring, but the giant puddles are finally drying up and making way for the gardening season to get started.
Gardening enthusiasts of all skill levels in the Effingham area are invited to join their friends and neighbors and start their very own garden plot this year at the Effingham Community Garden.
Tucked behind Bob’s Salvage on South Banker Street, the Effingham Community Garden is a joint venture managed by the Effingham Park District, the City of Effingham, and the U of I Extension Master Gardeners of Effingham County.
The land where the garden is located was graciously opened to the public for use by the Passalacqua family in 2012, who used it to operate their own garden and farmers market in years past.
When the Effingham Community Garden was first getting started, it provided a space for community members to have their own garden plot and share tips and gardening techniques with one another.
Now in its sixth year, the garden has grown to incorporate educational components such as the Pollinator Pocket, a safe-haven for pollinators, garden advice and troubleshooting sessions with the Effingham County Master Gardeners, and charitable projects like Plant a Row for the Hungry.
“The Effingham Community Garden is for everyone, from young
children to the young at heart – everyone can benefit from gardening!
We have the space, the tools and the knowledge to help you produce a
bountiful harvest this year.”
— Linda H., President — Effingham County Master Gardeners.
The garden currently offers up to 45 total plots, but they are filling up fast!
Two different garden plot sizes are offered: half-size (15ft × 6ft) and full-size (15ft × 15ft).
Multiple adjacent plots can be reserved if you want to go all-in and have an even bigger garden.
Water, hoses, and garden tools are available on-site for you to use.
Registration for the 2018 gardening season (April – November) is open until all garden plots are reserved, and garden fee information can be obtained through the Effingham Park District or the U of I Extension office in Effingham.
Plots for 2018 will be tilled and ready for planting soon, so don’t wait – reserve your garden plot today while you still can!
For additional information please contact Jeff Althoff (Effingham Park District) by phone at 217-342- 4415 or Nick Flax (U of I Extension) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
University of Illinois provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the U of I Effingham County Extension Office at 217-347- 7773.