City in a Garden
Beginning in the 1940’s with the Rainbow Beach Victory Garden, Chicago has become home to hundreds of community gardens, many of which can be found in parks across the city. The practice of community gardening, whether inspired by the desire to transform outdoor space or contribute to healthier lifestyles, is now deeply rooted in modern culture. Gardens have become more than plots of land on which community members can grow fresh produce or contribute to the aesthetics of the park through beautiful ornamental landscapes. They also provide an opportunity to connect with the natural environment and the neighborhood, as a place outside of work and home where a person can find respite from their daily routines, cultivating the soil and their own well-being.
Chicago Park District’s Community Gardens in the Parks program, with the generous support of People’s Gas, provides guidance, support and resources to nearly 70 community garden groups across the city. From helping maintain beautifully landscaped perennial beds to managing your own plot of vegetables, there are a wide range of opportunities available for those who wish to become involved in Chicago’s vibrant gardening movement.
Interested in starting a new garden in your park? New gardens require careful planning and must be registered with the Chicago Park District.