HIGHLIGHTS OF SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS  1985-2016

On August 3, 2013 residents and project supporters attended the Forest Park Groundbreaking Ceremony. It was a picture-perfect morning and guests enjoyed the restored vistas while Mayor Don Schoenheider and President Ralph Gesualdo shared the upcoming plans for this historic lakefront park.

On August 3, 2013 residents and project supporters attended the Forest Park Groundbreaking Ceremony. It was a picture-perfect morning and guests enjoyed the restored vistas while Mayor Don Schoenheider and President Ralph Gesualdo shared the upcoming plans for this historic lakefront park.

Ravine Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2006

Ravine Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2006

 

2008-2016: Forest Park   
Leadership and funding to rehabilitate, enhance, and preserve historic Forest Park for the future use and enjoyment of all residents. The Forest Park Project Board, a citywide, public-private partnership and an Illinois not-for-profit corporation was created in 2010 to oversee the implementation of the plan. Construction and planting were completed in 2015.                                                                                       

2006-Global Warming Conference 
Lake Forest Garden Club was the lead organizer of a Global Warming Conference underwritten by the Chicago Council of the Garden Club of America. The daylong symposium, open to the public, featured an international panel of leaders in the field of climate change. The keynote speaker was Ross Gelbspan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the Washington Post.

2006-Royal Horticultural Society, Chelsea Flower Show                                         
LFGC is the first member club of The Garden Club of America to apply, and to be invited to exhibit a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Ravine Garden: Gift of the Glacier. The club was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Gilt Medal and a Garden Club of America Special Public Relations Award.

Since 1974, Civic Awards have been presented, when merited, to local businesses and institutions for excellence in landscape design/maintenance and conservation.

From 1938-1998, the Lake Forest Garden Club organized nature and conservation classes for school children. The Nature Camp later became part of the programming of the Lake Forest Recreation Center. 

1997-2000: Historic Market Square                                                                        
Restoration and rehabilitation through a public/private partnership with the City of Lake Forest to restore the hardscape and landscape of the first planned shopping center in the United States. Support continues with four seasons of container plantings, annually since 2000.   

1994-Landscape Design Fund                                                                          
Established to supplement city plans by providing funds for outstanding landscape architects for City of Lake Forest projects. Rodney Robinson, historic preservation landscape architect from Wilmington, Delaware, designed plans for the restoration and rehabilitation of Lake Forest’s Historic Market Square and Stephen Stimson, noted landscape architect from Cambridge, Mass whose plan for Forest Park is currently in the implementation phase. 

1986-1988: Forest Park Beach                                                                          
Restoration and rehabilitation on the shores of Lake Michigan; shoreline conservation, restoration, recreational development, landscape design and planting.


PROJECTS SUPPORTED 2001-2016 WITH OVER $880,000

Education and Conservation
Allendale Association
           Green House Garden Project
           Horticulture Program
           Butterfly Sanctuary & Pollinator Garden  
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
           Naturaleza Salud Y Vida Program
           Trail Tales Program
Chicago Botanic Garden - Green Youth Farm Program
Chicago Botanic Garden – Rice Plant Conservation Science Center
Chicago Botanic Garden - Lenhardt Rare Book Collection
Chicago Cultural Center
City of Lake Forest - Dickinson Hall
Conserve Lake County
Elawa Farm - Greenhouse Campaign
Forest Park Project
Friends of the Chicago River
Gardening Together
Garfield Park Conservatory
GCA Scholarship Fund
Lake Bluff Garden Club – Sunrise Park Project
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
Lake Forest Library
Lake Forest Open Lands - Center for Conservation Leadership
Lake Forest Open Lands - Prairie Habitat Restoration
North Chicago Community Partners – Neal Academy Garden Science
Openlands Chicago – Lakeshore Preserve
Ragdale – Landscape Restoration
Save the Redwoods League - Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Student Conservation Association
Waukegan School District
Wetlands Initiative

Civic Beautification
Garden at Elawa Farm
GCA Centennial Project - Central Park – Landscape Restoration
Gorton Community Center - Master Landscape Plan
Lake Forest College - Glen Rowen House – Terrace and Garden
Lake Forest Hospital
Market Square – Lake Forest
The Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest - Belvedere Garden

Memberships
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Openlands
The Garden Club of America
The Garden Clubs of Illinois
Lincoln Memorial Garden - Springfield
Lake Bluff Open Lands
Lake Forest Open Lands
Lake Forest Preservation Foundation
LF/LB Historical Society