THE ROGERS PARK 
  GARDEN GROUP

The power of gardens to build communities through 
beauty, camaraderie and involvement.

Adopt the Public Way Grants and Garden Advice
Do you have a parkway, park spot, traffic circle or other public spot that you've been thinkingcould use a garden? We?re here to help!

The Rogers Park Garden Group provides advise from experienced gardeners and makes grants available to anyone interested in gardening in the public way in Rogers Park.

There are two sets of Adopt guidelines: one for individuals or groups interested in gardening in the public way (click here); and one for groups that are currently operating a program for children or youth (click here). Both guidelines require that the gardening projects:


  • Are located in Rogers Park, south of Evanston, east of Ridge, north of Devon.
  • Will be undertaken by people with the capacity to complete the project
  • Will be maintained -- ongoing weeding and watering, and so on
  • Have a realistic budget

You don't have to be a member to apply for either program. Just submit the easy-to- fill-out application form that is attached to the guidelines.

You don't need to know about gardening! We have volunteers who can serve as mentors.

For individuals or groups interested in gardening in the public way, you can apply for a grant either in the spring or in the fall.  For the spring grants, applications are due April 30, 2017; for the fall grants, submit your application no later than September 15, 2017.  Only one grant a year will be awarded to a garden. Application is due NO LATER THAN 5 pm on the deadline date.

Groups that will be working with children and youth may submit an application at any time of the year (although later applications run the risk of submitting after the available money has already been granted).

A resource guide with information on plants, garden maintenance, resources available, and so on, is available to every grantee and can be found here.

Over the past seven years, the RPGG has given over $34,000 to a variety of Rogers Park organizations and individuals. Past recipients have included:

  • Businesses for containers and tree wells
  • Condominiums for their parkways
  • Individual gardeners for such projects as traffic circles, corner plots, and sidewalk planters
  • Groups of gardeners for the renovation of the circle gardens in Loyola Park and the Metra garden at Ravenswood and Greenleaf

The members of the Rogers Park Garden Group believe in the power of gardens to build
communities through beauty, camaraderie, and involvement, which is why we raise money to make gardening in public spaces in Rogers Park possible.

People + Plants =
A Caring Community
A Beautiful Community
A Healthy Community


2015 Adopt the Public Way Grant Gardents

Grants of $4650 were award to 12 gardeners:
  • Beth Berglin for butterfly garden at Kilmer Public School
  • Anthony Boatman for a native garden at Gale School
  • Katherine Donovan for a parkway in the 1500 block of Juneway Terrace
  • Joanne Erenberg for a parkway at Arthur and Lakewood
  • John Evans for the Circle Gardens in Loyola Park
  • Jocelyn Gerard for a corner at Morse and Lakewood
  • Annie Gill-Bloyer for a parkway in the 1500 block of Farwell
  • Shelby Hatch for a parway in the 1800 block of Farwell
  • Ann Hinterman for a parkway on the 1300 block of Lunt
  • Katje Savin for a parkway in the 1700 block of Juneway Terrace
  • Emily Smith for a corner at Newgard and Northshore
  • Megan Wentz for raised gardens at Jameson Public School 

2014 Adopt the Public Way Grant Gardens

Grants of $5,315 were awarded to 12 gardeners:

  • Irene Bermudez for the Chicago Math and Science Academy
  • Joanna Erenberg for a park way at Arthur and Lakewood
  • Yelena Galat for the traffic Circle at the end of Lunt
  • Kristina Herne for the Circle Gardens in Loyola Park
  • Brian Johnson for a parkway on Juneway
  • Marygrace Macri for a parkway on Sheridan
  • Rebecca Marsilii for a corner at Estes and Wolcott
  • Bernadette Sanchez for a corner on Sherwin
  • Howard Theater Community Garden for a children’s program
  • Maria Kirkmanbey for a parkway on Rogers
  • Sheila Hennessey for a parkway on Greenleaf
  • Lisa Crowe for a parkway on Wolcott

2013 Adopt the Public Way Grant Gardens

 Advice and grants of $2,850 were given to eight gardeners:

  • Mary Meyer for the corner of Newgard and Arthur
  • Nancy Wieting for the parkway on Ravenswood, south of Arthur
  • Jennifer Romano for the northwest cover of Glenwood and Lunt
  • Becca Marsilii for the corner of Estes and Wolcott
  • Ellen Baren for the planters on Devon from Ravenswood to Clark
  • Peter Hoy for the children’s program with Let’s Go Chicago at Ashland and Morse
  • Marygrace Macri for the parkway in the 7700 block of Sheridan
  • Irene Bermudez for several gardens at Chicago Math and Science Academy

To view a powerpoint presentation of the entire 2013 grant project, please download the pdf here.

2012 Adopt the Public Way Grant Gardens

Advice and grants of $6700 were given for 20 gardens:

  • Molly Hayes for the Leeda Services at 1607 W Howard
  • Christine Bell for the parkway at Flats and Sharps
  • Jocelyn Meyer for the corner at SE Morse & Lakewood
  • Nancy Wieting for the parkway at Ravenswood/Arthur
  • Ronald Marmoleto for the corner at NW Farwell /Wayne
  • Michelle Hill for the traffic circle at Farwell and the park
  • Traci Kunath for the parkway at Greenview and Jonquil
  • Kathie Paluch for the parkway at Greenleaf Arts Center
  • Michael Keeney for the corner at NE Glenwood/Albion
  • Jessica Reimer for the parkway at 1325-1327 W Greenleaf
  • Sue Biver for the parkway at 1709 W Lunt
  • Goran Savovski for the parkway at 1622 W Greenleaf
  • Peter Hoy for the parkway at United Church of Rogers Park and for the corners at Farwell and Ashland
  • James Langston for the parkway at 6805-6811 Greenview
  • Cindy Boland for the parkway at 1440-1444 Pratt
  • Kevin Kleinwachter for the parkway at 1546 W Sherwin
  • Fritze Roberts for the parkway at 6816 N Greenview
  • Mary Colleran for the parkway at Trilogy 

To view a presentation of the 2012 grant projects, please click here.

2011 Adopt the Public Way Grant Gardens

Advice and grants of $4700 were given for 12 gardens:

  • Kathie and Denis Paluch for the Greenleaf Arts Center
  • Andres JnLouis and Harriet Russell for the NE corner and parkway of Paulina and Jarvis
  • Charles Askins for the corners at Jarvis and Ashland
  • Peg Wolfe for the corner at Fargo and Hoyn
  • Patrick Kenny for the Metra embankment at Albion
  • Kimberly Campos for the parkway at 7405 Ashland
  • Ann Hinterman and Amanda Atkins for the parkway at 1309 W Lunt
  • Jolyn Rodman for the parkway at 1528 W Pratt
  • Howard Area Community Center for the Howard Area Community Garden
  • Chicago Math and Science Academy for a teaching garden
  • Stacy Castro for the parkway at 1125 Farwell
  • Ann Whalen for the triangle at the L tracks and Estes

To view a powerpoint presentation of the entire 2011 grant projects presentation, please download the pdf here.

2010 Adopt the Public Way Grant Gardens

Advice and grants of $4300 were given for 17 gardens:

  •  Yelena Galat for the traffic circle at the east end of Lunt (2nd year of grant)
  • Ann-Patrice Coine for the Fargo/Jarvis beach garden (2nd year of grant)
  • Cary Trickey for the parkway at 1106 Pratt (2nd year of grant)
  • Michelle Hill and Jim Knight for the traffic circle at the east end of Farwell (2nd year of grant)
  • Leeda Services for the tree cut-outs on Howard (2nd year of grant)
  • Franklin Rhodes for the parkway and foundation planting around the Rogers Park Presbyterian Church (2nd year of grant)
  • Jocelyn Gerard on behalf of a group of neighbors for the SW corner of Farell and Lakewood
  • Charles Askins for the tree cut outs and corner lot at Ashland and Jarvis
  • Belle Fiore condominiums for the corner of Lunt and Greenview
  • Farwell Avenue condominiums for their parkway
  • Eyes on the Future for window boxes and raised beds
  • Kilmer Triangle gardeners for the traffic circles at Rogers and Birchwood
  • Jonquil Commons condominiums for their parkway
  • Arthurs Court condominiums for their parkway
  • Clark Wallen condominiums for their parkway
  • Peg Wolf for the corner of Fargo and Hoyne
  • Jolyn Rodman for the parkway at 1528 W. Pratt

To view a powerpoint presentation of the entire 2010 grant projects presentation, please download the pdf here.

2009 Adopt the Public Way Grant Gardens

Advice and grants totalling $2600 were given to 15 gardeners:

  • Peter Fugiel for the Devon Avenue  raised beds (2nd year of grant)
  • Family Matters for the containers at Gale school (2nd year of grant)
  • Wynn Shawver for Goldberg Park (2nd year of grant)
  • Loyola Park Keepers for the Circle Gardens
  • Katherine Vincent for the parkway at Bosworth and Pratt
  • Ann-Patrice Coine for the Fargo/Jarvis beach garden
  • Yelena Galat for the traffic circle at the east end of Lunt
  • Michelle Hill and Jim Knight for the traffic circle at the east end of Farwell
  • Franklin Rhodes for the parkway and foundation planting around the Rogers Park Presbyterian Church at Greenleaf and Greenview
  • David Meilhaus for the containers in front of Morseland
  • Kim Buchanan for the tree cut out at 1415 W. Lunt
  • Cary Trickey for the parkway at 1106 Pratt
  • Kimberly Perez for the parkway at 7405 N. Ashland
  • Leeda Services for the tree cut outs on the 1500 block of Howard
  • David New for the parkway at 7721 N. Marshfield

See photos of these gardens and the presentation here.

2007 Adopt the Public Way Grant Garden

One grant of $400 and lots of advice, volunteer organization, and work was given to the Loyola Park Keepers for the Circle Gardens at Morse Ave. 

2008 Adopt the Public Way Grant Project Highlights

Five grants totally $1800 were given to:

To view a presentation of the entire 2008 grant projects presentation, please download the pdf here.

Gale School Planters - Sophie Nyanue, Family Matters


On Wednesday June 4th, 2008, after many rain delays, Family Matter's garden club finally got the opportunity to complete their garden project. The project was to plant the eight 5' containers in front of Gale School on Marshfield.
    
The club consisted of eleven volunteers who ranged in age from 6 to 11 years old and were being directed by Sophie Nyanue. The 6 year old was in charge of obtaining permission from Gale School's principal, and all the kids were in charge of looking at garden catalogs and picking out their favorite colors and plants.  Everyone wanted roses, and everyone wanted purples and reds. Some of the older volunteers assisted Sophie in applying to the Rogers Park Garden Group's Adopt the PUblic Way grants program for a $200 grant.

John Eskandari of Gethsemane Garden Center and Karen McCarthy from the RPGG met with the club on Mondays and discussed the possibilities for the planters and helped the club with their vegetable garden at the Howard community garden site. Lots of soil was needed for the planters yet the budget for the project was only $200. John  contacted one of his landscapers friends for assistance with the soil.
    
On the last day of school at 2 pm Jeff Hufnagel of Contour Landscaping,Inc. delivered 5 yards of soil in front of the planters. John Hoekwater donated flats of plants from the Gale School Greenhouse. Gethsemane donated Petunias for peace that day as well. Sophie and Karen spent the $200 to purchase lots of red and purple annuals.

     A
rmed with buckets to haul the soil and five shovels, Sophie, six of her garden club volunteers, Karen McCarthy and Alison Zehr and her dog Fiona set out to dig and haul the mound of wet and heavy soil into the planters.  The school bell sounded and within moments, hundreds of very excited children ran out of the school, yelling and screaming. They were all curious about the digging, and all wanted to help. Buckets of dirt, flats of Petunias for Peace, and gaggles of children swirled about. The girls were really good at shoveling the soil into the buckets and the boys did a terrific job of picking worms out of the dirt and chasing girls around with them.  Three hours later, project was completed and the garden club volunteers were off for oreos and ice cream.

Devon Avenue Streetscape - Peter Fugiel, Devon Avenue Green Team

 

Devon Avenue Green Team: An All-Volunteer Gardening Group,
Dedicated to the improvement of the Devon Avenue Streetscape

Two years ago, a handful of Edgewater and Rogers Park volunteers, tired of the weeds and the trash, began to take care of the streetscape planters along Devon Avenue. Last year, more volunteers joined the effort and the Devon Avenue Green Team was formed. All through the 2008 growing season, a variety of local neighbors, stores, and civic groups added their support to the effort. By the end of the season, many of the planter boxes were sporting a wide variety of new plant life. 
      Notable during the 2008 season was the Adopt the Public Way grant that the Rogers Park Garden Group made to the Devon Green Team. Peter Fugiel, Garden Group member and Green Team’s 2009 Resource Coordinator, made substantial soil and plant life improvement to four of the boxes.
     There was also a grant made by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, as well as materials donations by Clark and Devon Hardware Store.  At least two dozen local volunteers were involved in the effort.
 

Garden styles ranged from free form selections of grasses and annuals, to a formal fall garden, as well perennial gardens featuring spring bulb plantings.
Volunteer coordinator for the 2009 season will once again be Dennis Matyja, and Susan Darnall will be Green Team’s new Gardening Coordinator.
Green Team’s goal for the 2009 season includes improvement of the planter box plant population to improve perennial varieties, as well as to improve plant life durability. There will also be increased attention paid to identifying ongoing maintenance issues related to the Devon streetscape. Virtually all of the large boxes have their own well-maintained sprinkler system. Last October, each of the boxes received a supplement of a new soil mix, from the City’s Department of Transportation Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program. 
     The Devon Green Team has worked closely with various City departments. More volunteers are needed, since Green Team members fre-quently pay for out of pocket expenses, and many times, they pay for improvements to the boxes as well. Contributions from such groups as the Rogers Park Garden Group public way program have helped with expenses.
     Resource Coordinator for 2009 is Peter Fugiel, member of the  Rogers Park Garden Group. Volunteers are encouraged to call Peter at 773/218-7422. 

 

Goldberg Park - Wynn Shawver, Julie Oldini, Karen McCarthy

 

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