2018 Awards

And here they are!

As the 2018 gardening season comes to an end, the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award winners have been chosen. This year, entrants represented 33 wards and 60 neighborhoods. The gardens ranged from a lovely little parkway to an school farm that boasts, besides its orchard and greenhouse and raised beds, chickens and goats! We would like to congratulate the winners and all who participated for their creativity, hard work and commitment to making a healthier and more  beautiful Chicago.


Yvonne Roeske’s award-winning garden in Edison Park (Photo by CEGA judge Lisa Hilgenberg)

HONORABLE MENTION
Chase Park Community Garden
Nettelhorst School Garden
Lunt Lake Apartments Trust
73
rd Street Gardens
Residents of 6702 N. Newgard Ave.
Sergio Nunez and Chris Gent
The Figtrees
William Bennett
Rev. Linda Wigant – Montgomery Place
Mary Webb & Peter Weers
Meg Schmitt

COMMUNITY GARDENS

Ornamental
Dorchester Botanical Gardens

Vegetable
Clybourn Garden
EL Paseo Community Garden (Special Award: Larger than Life)
Lakeview Community Garden at Diversey
La Calabaza, supported by Enlace Chicago
Prosser Community Garden (Special Award: Neighborhood Transformation)
Kuumba Tre-Ahm Community Garden (Special Award: Meaning and Memory)
Rainbow Beach Victory Garden
Thomas Street Community Garden
True West Loop Community Garden (Special Awards: Innovation)

Specialized
Lincoln Central Association, Fire Station Park
Lucy Flower Children’s Garden Club
Malden/Beacon Triangles
Sunshine Youth Garden

SCHOOL GARDENS

Ornamental
ERGC/APMA Stewards in The Garden

Vegetable
OPS Teaching Farm
Southside Occupational Academy Gardens (Special Award: Future Building)
UIC Nutrition Teaching Garden

Specialized
Kellogg Elementary School
Bowen High School Butterfly Way Station

LARGE RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

Ornamental
Nancy Hearon and Susan Tennant
Patricia Richardson

SMALL RESIDENTIAL GARDENS
Ornamental
Donna Forsberg
Elise Marren
Jackie Edens
Kimberly Diaz Hay
Margaret Dospiljulian, Scott Julian, & Family
Maria Alvarado
Meighan Depke and Dave Bier
Gael Mennecke and Lee Hoyman
Michele Mason
Roger and Justin’s Garden
Schultz Family Garden
Schwartz Family
Suan P. Meyer
Tam Dillman
Wendy Silverman’s Garden
Yolanda Luszcz and Chadd Parker
Yvonne Roeske

Vegetable
Garden @ 1648 N. St Louis
Georgie and Matt’s Little Granja
Irene and Steve Flebbe
Julie Whaley and Adam Scott
Marlene Fisher

Specialized
Barbara Mattimore
Mamon and Susan C. Gibson
Anthony Ceravolo & Shisha Amebel
Roland Kulla Garden (Special Award: Over the Top)
Carter O’Brien

OTHER GARDENS

Vegetable
Envision Unlimited Halas & Mock Vincennes Garden (Special Award: Overcoming Obstacles)
MSI Smart Home Garden

Specialized
Budding Gardener Plot at the Sunnyside Mall
Keeler Garden, NFP (Special Award: Outreach and Education)

URBAN FARM
Envision Chicago’s Edwin & Florence Frick Center Van J. Voorhees Memorial Garden
(Special Award: Empowerment)