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 Council’s 2015 General Meeting is being hosted by the Seedlings Garden Club. This year’s meeting is Monday, September 28, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Christian Live Retirement Center Community Room at 2750 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL. Seedlings members look forward to welcoming members and guests of all Council of Rockford Gardeners Clubs. The speaker for this meeting is Dan Bussey. Mr. Bussey resides in Edgerton, WI, and is the Orchard Manager at Seed Savers Exchange. He is also an apple historian, orchard keeper, and author. Mr. Bussey owns a four-acre orchard in Wisconsin featuring more than 250 apple varieties. Of course, there will be refreshments after the program and they will have an ‘apple’ flair….pie, cake, bread, cobbler as well as an assortment of other items.
The District 1 Annual Fall Meeting is being hosted by the Women’s Garden Club of Boone County. It is scheduled for October 22 at the Boone County Historical Museum. If interested in attending, contact Ann Somers.
The 2015 Holiday Luncheon has been slated for Tuesday, December 8. With the great feedback received about the Hoffman House as last year’s venue, it has been decided to have the luncheon there again this year. We are in the process of finalizing the program, menu, centerpieces, vendors, and lovely prizes. The program topic is “Gardening in the Golden Years”. Please check the Holiday Luncheon web page to see details and registration information.
Once again, many enjoyed visiting the eight gardens showcased in the 2015 Garden Walk on Wednesday, June 17. It was another beautiful garden experience.
Two of our community service donations this year have been awarded to City of Gardens Hanging Basket Program and Habitat for Humanity. Other contributions made by both the Council and the individual Clubs are determined throughout the year. At the Holiday Luncheon this year, the Carol Moser Memorial Scholarship and two horticulture scholarships will be awarded.
Click here to obtain a printable schedule of the Council of Gardeners 2015-2016 Meetings and Special Events. To email our club representative for more information about the Council of Rockford Gardeners click here.