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 Gardeners, Inc. was organized on March 21, 1980, and is federated with The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. 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.
Annual fundraising events, the Spring Luncheon and Holiday Luncheon, help support our Scholarship Fund and add to our monetary contributions to community gardening and other entities. Council has awarded over $15,000 in Scholarship money, 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 and Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
The Wildflowers Garden Club hosted the Council of Rockford Gardeners General Meeting on Wednesday, September 21, at 4 p.m. This event was held at St. Anskar Episcopal Church where Michelle Cox of Landscape Connections provided advice on our fall and winter gardens. Attendees enjoyed a delicious fare, vied for raffle items, and experienced the companionship of their fellow garden club members. It was fun! The Council at their October meeting did raise the question of whether or not “General Meeting” is an apt name for this annual gathering as it is more fun than a meeting, more social than a meeting, and you don’t want it end as quickly as you would like a meeting to end! Share your thoughts about this with your clubs’ Council rep.
Annual events on the schedule and in the planning stages are:
The 2016 Holiday Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 6, at the Hoffman House. Melody Layng owner of “Petals & Pickin’s” will provide a workshop on floral arrangements. She will convey many wonderful stories, share a unique gift idea that be given for any occasion, and demonstrate simple flower arrangements. Visit the Holiday Luncheon page for details on menu and registration. You can print the Registration Form from this link.
The Council of Rockford Gardeners will be hosting the Garden Clubs of Illinois, District 1 Spring Luncheon on March 16, 2017. Additional details will be available at a later date.
The 2017 Spring Luncheon will be held in April. Additional details will be available at a later date.
The 2017 FREE Garden Walk to be held on Wednesday, June 14, from noon to 8 p.m. Check for a printable set of descriptions, locations, and directions on or after May 30, 2017.
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.