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Vera Amiano’s Community Garden Blooming in Bourbonnais

Bourbonnais, IL – The Village of Bourbonnais is pleased to announce the return of its community garden at Jordan Park. The six-feet-by-four-feet plots are offered to village residents to rent for $10 each and on a first come, first served basis. Applications are now available online at and in person at the Administration Office at 600 Main Street NW.

Planting season blossoms from May 1 through November 1.

Vera’s Community Garden, in its second year of the pilot program, is named after former
Bourbonnais Trustee, Vera Amiano, who served the village for 20 years (1997-2017). Although
she passed away in February 2023, Vera left behind a legacy and the Vera C. Amiano Outstanding Community Service Award and Scholarship Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley. Now, with the dedication of the village’s community garden, her roots will forever be planted in Bourbonnais.

Tyler Goodrich, Community Development Technician, stated, “We look forward to Vera’s
Community Garden growing and providing village residents with increased access to fresh foods while promoting a healthy living environment and building meaningful social connections through gardening.”

Gardeners will receive a starter kit and have access to on-site water. New this year, first-time
gardeners will have the opportunity to request a garden mentor, while more seasoned gardeners will have the option to provide guidance to other gardeners.

Jordan Park, located at the southeast corner of Jordan Drive and Gettysburg Drive, serves Belle
Aire, Heritage Point and Gettysburg subdivisions. The park is considered a mini park due to its
limited population served, and less than an acre in size. It is one of 23 parks in the Village of

To learn more about Vera Amiano’s Community Garden and local parks, visit:

Village of Bourbonnais Media Contact:
Lindy Casey
Marketing & Public Engagement Manager
Village of Bourbonnais
600 Main St. NW
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
(815) 802-5325

Village of Bourbonnais - Community Garden
Village of Bourbonnais - Vera Amiano, Trustee 1997-2017
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