Philanthropy

PHILANTHROPY AND THE NORTH SHORE GARDEN CLUB

The North Shore Garden Club is proud of its commitment to further horticultural education, conservation, and landscape design through gift scholarships and other such means. Funds raised from our garden walks have gone to scholarships and nonprofit organizations over the years.

Centennial Gift
In 2016, as part of our Club’s 100th Anniversary celebration, a North Shore Garden Club Scholarship was established at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. This is a land grant university and thus has agriculture and related majors. Our $25,000 contribution will fund an annual award of $1000 in perpetuity.

Past Philanthropic Contributions:
Chicago Botanic Garden – Books for the Lendhardt Library
Chicago Botanic Garden – Windy City Harvest Green Youth Farm, North Chicago
Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center – outdoor garden
Friends for Health –North Shore Health Center – vegetable garden
Friends of the Green Bay Trail – Glencoe monarch butterfly hatchery
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center – Horticultural therapy
Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield – Garden Clubs of Illinois project
Penny Pines reforestation project – National Garden Clubs project
Garden Conservancy – a founding member
Carlson Community Services – Food Pantry Garden
Holy Family Food Pantry – Waukegan Children’s Garden
Garfield Park Conservatory – Hail storm damage repair
New Orleans Botanical Garden – Hurricane Katrina damage
Gardenview Horticultural Park – Cleveland, Ohio
Glencoe Library – Outdoor bench
Highland Park Hospital – Lilac bushes
Ravinia train station – Kiosk across from Jens Jensen Park

Prior Scholarship Contributions:
Chicago Botanic Garden – Merit prizes for summer interns
College of Lake County – Horticulture students
Illinois Institute of Technology – Master’s Degree in Landscape Design
University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University – GCI fund

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HOLIDAY FLOWERS

For Valentine’s Day North Shore Garden Club members make and deliver floral arrangements to residents of a women’s shelter.

February 2015 – A Safe Place

Valentine's Flowers – a Safe Place

During the winter holiday season North Shore Garden Club members make and deliver floral arrangements for residents of local nursing homes.

Holiday Flowers 2014 – CJE Robineau Residence

Holiday Flowers 2014 – CJE Robineau Residence
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Holiday Flowers 2011 – CJE Robineau Residence

Holiday Flowers Service Project
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Holiday Flowers 2009

Holiday Service Project
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Holiday Flowers 2008

Holiday Workshop 2008
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Holiday Flowers 2007

2007 Holiday Flowers for CJE
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COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY HORTICULTURE SCHOLARSHIPS

The North Shore Garden Club scholarship program provides financial aid to College of Lake County students for their continued study of horticulture. The club’s philanthropy committee selects recipients based upon written applications submitted by the students. The funds come from the proceeds of our biennial Garden Walk.

CLC Scholarship 2011

CLC Scholarship Lunch
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CLC Scholarship 2010

College of Lake County
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GREEN YOUTH FARM

North Chicago Green Youth Farm is a youth development program of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The farm, located in Lake County’s Greenbelt Forest Preserve, offers high school students in the underserved communities of North Chicago and Waukegan a paid stipend and the opportunity to learn all aspects of organic farming – from planting seeds, to managing a hive of bees, to cooking with the food they grow and selling it at farm stands and markets. In addition, the students learn how to work together as a team and grow their support system to include their supervisors, program coordinators, legislators, and their fellow participants. The North Shore Garden Club is proud to be one of the sponsors of this worthwhile program.

Green Youth Farm 2012

Green Youth Farm 2012
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Green Youth Farm 2011

Green Youth Farm 2011
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Green Youth Farm 2010

Green Youth Farm 2010
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Green Youth Farm 2009

Green Youth Farm 2009 North Chicago
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Green Youth Farm 2008

Green Youth Farm 2008 North Chicago
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MERIT PRIZE AWARDS

The North Shore Garden Club grants Merit Prize Awards to Chicago Botanic Garden interns chosen by the club’s scholarship committee, based upon written applications submitted by the interns. The funds come from the profits of our Garden Walk. At an annual awards luncheon, winning interns talk about their backgrounds and past work experiences, and about their career goals. Often they show slides, illustrating their internship work at the Garden.

Merit Prize Awards 2009

Merit Prize Awards
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Merit Prize Awards 2008

CBG Merit Scholarship Awards Luncheon 2008
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Merit Prize Awards 2007

2007 CBG Merit Scholarship Award Luncheon
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JENS JENSEN PARK IN HIGHLAND PARK

Jens Jensen Park, originally named “Station Park”, was designed in 1924 by internationally acclaimed landscape architect Jens Jensen. The Rosenwald Memorial, a boulder monument located in the reflecting pool, was given by the North Shore Garden Club in 1930 in memory of Mrs. Julius Rosenwald, the club’s first president. The park with its pool was restored in keeping with Jensen’s original design and rededicated in 2007. A new kiosk, located at the downtown Ravinia train station, was built in 2006 as part of the restoration. It replaced the kiosk that was installed in 1996 across the street in Jens Jensen Park to commemorate the North Shore Garden Club’s 80th anniversary.

Restoration and Rededication of Jens Jensen Park

Rededication of Jens Jensen Park in HP

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