Welcome to the Council of Rockford Gardeners website. We hope you enjoy your tour! 

Our 2024 FREE Garden walk will take place on Wednesday, July 10, from 1pm to 8 pm.
See the Garden Walk page for garden descriptions: http://councilofrockfordgardeners.org/garden-walk/ 


The Council of Rockford Gardeners (CRG) is an organization established in 1980 that represents four separate garden clubs: Plantaholics, Potpourri, Seedlings and Wildflowers. The oldest of these clubs was started in 1949, the newest 2006. Collectively the Council is comprised of over 125 members making CRG one of the largest garden clubs in Illinois.

Stewardship is an essential part of the Council of Rockford Gardeners and its membership. Donations are made annually by CRG to community organizations/projects, and many volunteer hours are donated to community gardens. Among those benefiting are City of Gardens, Midway Village Museum and Heritage Gardens, Rock Valley Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Natural Land Institute, Severson Dells, and Tinker Swiss Cottage. Several of these feature gardens were either established by and/or maintained by CRG members.

CRG has hosted Northern Illinois’ premiere Council of Rockford Gardeners Free Garden Walk annually for the past 40 years, featuring some of the area’s finest private gardens. Over 240 gardens have been showcased with approximately 30,000 total attendees. CRG was recently awarded “The Best Garden Walk” in Illinois by Garden Clubs of Illinois (GCI).

One of the Council of Rockford Gardeners proudest achievements is our scholarship program. Each year CRG presents well deserving horticulture student(s) our annual scholarship award. Over 40 recipients from Northern Illinois have been awarded CRG scholarships to study at Kishwaukee College.

We appreciate you for taking the time to explore the Council of Rockford Gardeners website. Feel free to check out all the various sections. You are invited to come to any club meeting (both a.m. and p.m. clubs available) to see what we are all about.

Arch Smith, Council President


Mission Statement

To cultivate a spirit of beauty in the home grounds;
to encourage civic beautification,
to help in the conservation of forest, wildflower, and bird life;
to promote more interest in scenic roadside developments;
to assist in the formation of Federated garden clubs; and
to transact any and all other matters and business
pertaining to and/or in furtherance of foregoing objects.


“Enjoy nature’s bounty and beauty
through work and creativity”


Contact Us


 Please check out the Garden Walk page



The 2022 Spring Plant Sale and Garden Boutique was a success! We will be able to continue our Horticulture Scholarship program at Kishwaukee College.

Our 2021 “No Show” Holiday Luncheon
& Scholarship Fundraiser was a success!
Please click here for more information.