Do you have a parkway, park spot, traffic circle or other public spot that you've been thinking could use a garden? We’re here to help!
The Rogers Park Garden Group 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:
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.
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, 2016; for the fall grants, submit your application no later than September 15, 2016. 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 80 grants totaling over $24,000 to a variety of Rogers Park organizations and individuals. Past recipients have included:
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
Grants of $5,315 were awarded to 12 gardeners:
Advice and grants of $2,850 were given to eight gardeners:
To view a powerpoint presentation of the entire 2013 grant project, please download the pdf here.
Advice and grants of $6700 were given for 20 gardens:
To view a presentation of the 2012 grant projects, please click here.
Advice and grants of $4700 were given for 12 gardens:
To view a powerpoint presentation of the entire 2011 grant projects presentation, please download the pdf here.
Advice and grants of $4300 were given for 17 gardens:
To view a powerpoint presentation of the entire 2010 grant projects presentation, please download the pdf here.
Advice and grants totalling $2600 were given to 15 gardeners:
See photos of these gardens and the presentation here.
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.
Five grants totally $1800 were given to:
To view a presentation of the entire 2008 grant projects presentation, please download the pdf here.
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.
Armed 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 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.