Founded in 1954, the mission of the Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest is the education in gardening skills of its members and the stimulation of interest in conservation and civic planting.
For 63 years, Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest has been actively promoting gardening and is an organization whose members share the love of all aspects of gardening.
The Belvedere Garden is the club’s native plant garden display at Forest Park Beach and the feeding site of many migrating monarch butterflies over the summer. The garden was designed by Deirdre E. Toner of D. T. Designs in 2016. The Belvedere Garden is a collaborative effort and cared for by the club’s own “Belvedere Belles” weeding and planning committee, along with the City of Lake Forest. Kim Neill and Rommy Lopat currently serve as the Belvedere Garden Co-Chairs.
Biennially, the Junior Garden Club holds its primary fundraiser, a Garden Walk showcasing some of the finest local gardens to promote gardening and to raise funds for its philanthropic efforts. Historical records show the first Garden Walk was held in 1989. The first reported Presidents of the Junior Garden Club were Mrs. T. Amour and later Mrs. Sue Dixon. The club started in 1954 as a gathering of women friends who shared plants and plant cuttings. Over the years, the scope of the JGC’s work has grown from plant swapping to educating members on gardening techniques to funding civic beautification projects.
Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest is located in Lake Forest, Illinois.
The 2021 Garden Walk, featured seven spectacular gardens – many from the book “Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago”. It was held on June 17th, 2021 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and was a SELL OUT! For further information, click here.
Grant Request Process
JGC is proud to offer annually a variety of grants for different purposes. Ranging from neighborhood plantings to educational gardens, we know that our members want to do their part in improving their community, but we also know it can be difficult to do without a helping hand. We want to help your idea come to life.