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”
Something About Us
The Council of Rockford Gardener’s, Inc. was founded on March 21, 1980, and is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. and The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. Membership is open to anyone in Winnebago County and the surrounding area who is interested in our purpose as outlined in our Mission Statement. Each year local and area-wide offerings are sponsored by the council or individual garden clubs to carry out our mission. Annual fund-raising events, the Spring Luncheon and the Holiday Luncheon, are held to support our scholarships and contributions to community gardening and nature entities such as Klehm Arboretum, City of Gardens, Nygren Wetlands, and others.
The 2014 Holiday Luncheon is set for Tuesday, December 9th, at the Hoffman House. There will be holiday vendors, good food, and an informative program. This year's speaker is Tari Rowland, Garden Historian, from Midway Village. Please mark your calendar to join us and invite your friends. Visit the Holiday Luncheon page for menu and registration details.
Now is the time that each individual garden club begins planning their programming for the 2015-2016 year to submit to the Membership Committee by January 15, 2015. In addition, membership renewal must be completed to make the membership booklet. Be sure to pay your dues to your club treasurer before December 31. Another date for your calendar is April 14, 2015, which has been set as the Spring Luncheon date.
A huge thank you to all the members of Potpourri Garden Club for the wonderful High Tea Social they prepared for the Council of Rockford Gardeners General Meeting on October 14th. From the delectable sandwiches, desserts and delicious tea, to the linens, china and table decorations, everything was s.o.o.o. wonderful. It was a most delightful time including the hats and dressing up which really added to the frivolity and fun of the event. Thank you, too, to Mariann Reilly who was such an inspirational and entertaining speaker. This was a very enjoyable and memorable experience. All the hard work and effort Potpourri members put into the planning of this event was appreciated by everyone who attended.
The 2014 Garden Walk was another success. Friends and neighbors who passed the word were instrumental in bringing many new faces to this year's event. The beautiful gardens shared by Council of Rockford Gardeners' members were greatly enjoyed. Gardens that have been suggested for next year are being considered and there will be another fine collection in 2015. A big thank you goes out to JoAnn Betts for heading the Garden Walk committee for the past five years with such successful results. We look forward to the continuation for the Council's Free Garden Walk and appreciate the members who have agreed to share the responsibility as we move forward; E.J. Rebman, Lorraine White, and Elaine Parrovechio. The 2015 Garden Walk will be held, Wednesday, June 17.
Our community service projects have included planting landscapes for Habitat for Humanity homes and other meaningful causes. The Council hosts an Annual FREE Garden Walk in June each year. Be sure to explore the Garden Walk pages on this site for photos and descriptions of the 2013 walk and mark your calendar for:
June 17—Garden Walk 2015
"Council of Rockford Gardeners Showcase Gardens"
Noon – 8 p.m. Maps will be available after June 1st on the Garden Walk web page. You can’t beat the price “FREE”!
(Click Here for Details & Photos)
Click here to obtain a printable schedule of the Council of Gardeners 2014 Meetings and Special Events. To email our club representative for more information about the Council of Rockford Gardeners click here.