Chicago Recognizes Its Green Thumbs

November 09, 2010

The city of Chicago takes its landscaping very seriously — after all, its motto is City in a Garden — so it should come as no surprise that awards are passed out each year to the best landscapes around the city.

Joy Garden behind Northside College Prep in Chicago was Garden of the Year.

Northside College Prep High School in Chicago was chosen as Gardener of the Year for Joy Garden.

Mayor Richard M. Daley honored winners in 13 categories during the 54th Annual Landscape Awards at the downtown Hyatt Regency on Saturday.

Northside College Preparatory High School was named Gardener of the Year for its Joy Garden.

Located on the northeast corner of the Chicago Public School, the Joy Garden has gone from a small vegetable plot to a 10,000-square-foot garden that uses a variety of textures, colors, sights and smells to provide hands-on interaction between the students and nature.

Joy Garden utilizes sustainable measures, including permeable pavements, reused and re-purposed building materials and storm-water management techniques.

The Mayor also passed out awards to first, second and third place winners in each of three geographic regions in Chicago in the categories of:

*Single-Family Residential

*Multi-Unit Residential

The Peterson Garden Project, 2501 W. Peterson, won this first-place plaque for best Community Landscapes Region 1.

The Peterson Garden Project, 2501 W. Peterson, won first place in Community Landscapes Region 1.


*Community Landscapes

There were also three winners apiece in city-wide categories:

*Commercial Landscapes

*Container Gardens

*Residential High Rise

*Public Institutions

*Native Landscapes

*Green Roofs and Walls

*Vegetable Gardens

*Specialized Gardens

The Trump International Hotel and Tower also received a special recognition award for its new civic landscape.

The award program was sponsored by the Chicago Department of Environment.

To learn more about Mayor Daley’s Landscape Awards Program, visit

To see all the 2010 Landscape winners, click here. The list provides addresses, so you can drive around and get ideas for your own garden. Then maybe your landscape will be a winner next year.

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