Holiday Scholarship Fundraiser

Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Council of Rockford Scholarship Fund for Kishwaukee College Horticulture students.

Future plans for a holiday luncheon are on hold. Check back for updates.

Our 2021 “No Show” Holiday Luncheon & Scholarship Luncheon was a success! Thanks to our generous members, we added $2510.08 to the Council of Rockford Gardeners Scholarship Fund! We are sorry we couldn’t gather in person during the pandemic but appreciate your support of our ‘No Show’ luncheon.

Congratulations to our 2021 / 2022 CRG Scholarship winner, Abigail D’Agostin!



Abigail graduated from North Boone High in May 2021 and began her second semester at Kishwaukee College in January. Congratulations to Abigail! We hope to meet her in person at the Council of Rockford Gardeners Fall Frolic and Scholarship Fundraiser.




Thank you to each of our clubs for donating a raffle item for the ‘No Show’ luncheon. Winners were drawn on December 8 and are as follows:

  • Sharon Bramel – Gensler Garden $40 gift card and yard art pole. Donated by Wildflowers
  • Carol Nelson – Seedlings member, Mary Kay Morrison’s book, Legacy of Laughter: A Grandparent Guide & Playbook. Donated by Seedlings
  • Carol Edson – Cement birdbath. Donated by Potpourri
  • Jan Duncan – Wind chime. Donated by Seedlings
  • Kathy Batzkall – Cement lantern. Donated by Plantaholics

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle items!

Invitation for the 2021 “No Show Holiday Luncheon & Fundraiser” Click here for PDF. 

The 2019 Holiday Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser
took place on December 11, 2019
at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Golf Club.

Walter Schmitt awarded scholarship
The Council of Rockford Gardeners was honored to present a $2500 scholarship to Walter Schmitt, a veteran of the United States Army, who is studying at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Walt will graduate from Kishwaukee next fall with an Associate degree in Applied Science. His specialties are ground covers, succulents, aquaponics and hydroponics, as well as non-chemical biological control and integrated pest management.  Congratulations, Walter!

Walt with girlfriend Stephanie

Alex Mills, Director at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden gave an uplifting presentation on spring flowering trees and shrubs.






Some of the lovely centerpieces made by Deb Bieschke and Ann Somers.


2018 scholarship recipients
The Council of Rockford Gardeners was honored to present two scholarship awards at the Dec. 5, 2018 Holiday luncheon. Congratulations go to Andre Vallejo and Ulysses Vallejo, who were both awarded the scholarships for a second time .

Ulysses (left) and Andre Vallejo