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Community & Gift Gardens Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties


Here is a list of public gardens in 2017 that grew food. They include community, gift, school, 4-H, demonstration, and other food gardens. We are in the process of updating the list for 2018. Please let me know if there are more to add.

Fulton County

  • YMCA Children's Garden in Canton
  • Catholic Church Gift Garden in Canton
  • Junior Master Gardener Project in Canton
Mason County Fairgrounds Junior Master Gardener Project in Havana

Peoria County

  • Forrest Hill Organic Community Garden…706 E. Forrest Hill, Peoria is a cooperative project started by community members who were interested in learning to grow food locally and organically in a more sustainable and nutrient rich way. There are many opportunities for helping less experienced people and learning from more experienced people. There are several group work days during the growing season, but much of the weeding, watering, and general garden maintenance is done by individual members throughout the year. Contact Greg Barta - (309) 370-6411(309) 370-6411 for more information.
  • Holy Family Church and School Gardens...Volunteer workdays are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-12 starting April 2, 2016. Project Chair Bob Reading
  • 4-H Spark Tank Hoop House Gardens at Common Place Family Learning Center, 514 S. Shelley St., Peoria IL…Martha Willi, chair
  • Chillicothe Community Garden…418 W Wilmot, Chillicothe community garden began in 2016 and is a great learning and teaching opportunity.
  • Peoria Academy's Outdoor Education Center Gardens (P.A.O.E.C.)…Peoria Academy, 2711 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL 61614
  • Others
    • Gift in the Moment South Garden and Learning Center at Marquette and Western...The SuperMarket Park in Peoria
    • Crittenton Centers Garden in Peoria
    • East Bluff Community Garden(s) in Peoria
    • Glen Oak Garden in Peoria
    • DaySpring Community Park with Columbia Terrace North Neighborhood Association 4-H Community Garden
    • Friendship House Garden in Peoria
    • Renaissance Park Community Garden in Peoria
Tazewell County
  • Washington Community Garden… The Washington Garden is a 6,000 square foot garden area located next to the new parking lot at Five Points directly behind the fire station in Washington, IL. Volunteers grow produce for WHIP in Washington plus other charitable agencies in Peoria. Since 2011, volunteers have grown more than 20,000 pounds of fresh produce to help feed the hungry. Project Leader - Lee Maki
  • Morton Giving Garden…Located in Westwood Park in Morton, The Giving Garden (60 x 80-feet) grows vegetables which are donated to WeCare and Community Harvest in Morton, as well as to other agencies depending on availability and need. Since 2011, more than 6000 lbs of vegetables have been grown to feed the hungry. Project Leader - Cathy Lane
  • Greenview…Project leader – Bill Baker
  • Wildlife Prairie Park... The Homestead garden is located at Wildlife Prairie Park near Hanna City, IL. The garden's purpose is to teach grade school students how to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables that will be fed to the animals at the park. Project Leader - May Bach
  • ICC…(Illinois Central College Land Laboratory in E. Peoria) Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Master Gardeners plan and maintain demonstration gardens for the public and host educational events throughout the growing season. Project Leaders: Phil Adams and Kathie Pickering
  • Manual and Wilson school garden on Ann Street across from the school in Pekin
Click here for links to more Community Garden Resources


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