The Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA) are Chicago’s only citywide gardening honors recognizing the hard work and creativity that make our city a healthier, more beautiful and more sustainable place. They support the pride we take in our neighborhoods and help us build our communities.

This year the CEGA committee honored gardens from 33 wards and 60 Chicago communities. From elegant home gardens to large and productive urban farms, these gardens exemplify the Chicago motto, adopted in 1837, “Urbs in Horto.”For a complete list of winners, click here.

The audience in the Jens Jensen Room at the Garfield Park Conservatory showed great interest in the photos and descriptions of all the gardens.  TOP: Gardeners from Kellogg Elementary School receive their award from radio host and CEGA co-founder Mike Nowak.