About Us

History

The Council of Rockford Gardeners, Inc. was organized on March 21, 1980, and is federated with The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The Council is comprised of five garden clubs: Northern Illinois Daffodil Society, Plantaholics, Potpourri, Seedlings and Wildflowers.

Membership is open to anyone in Winnebago County and the surrounding area who is interested in our purpose as stated in our Mission Statement. Each year local and area-wide offerings are sponsored by the council and/or our individual garden clubs to carry out our mission.

Fundraisers and Scholarships

Annual fundraising events, the Spring Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser and Holiday Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser, help support our Scholarship Fund and add to our monetary contributions to community gardening and other entities. Council has awarded over $18,000 in scholarship money. Many hundreds of dollars annually go to community organizations/projects, and many man 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, Natural Land Institute, Severson Dells, and Tinker Swiss Cottage.

 

From the Saturday, January 6, 2018 Rockford Register Star:

East High grads earn scholarships
The Council of Rockford Gardeners kicked off its 18th year of presenting scholarship awards at the Dec. 6 Christmas luncheon held at Mauh Nah Tee See Country Club. Two $1,500 scholarships were presented to area college students.

Congratulations go to Andre Vallejo and Ulysses Vallejo, who attend Kishwaukee College in Malta. Both are recent Rockford East High School graduates. Andre is pursuing a landscape design degree and nursery management certificate. Ulysses’ degree will be in greenhouse horticulture and a certificate in sustainable horticulture. Both boys are actively trying to develop student interest in a horticulture program through East High School.

 

 

Annual Events

The 2018 FREE Garden Walk will be held on Wednesday, June 20.  Check back in early June for information on the gardens and their locations.

 

Enjoy the many wonders of nature throughout every season, and come join us at any of our events or club meetings to share gardening tales and experiences.