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Mayor Daley's 2007 Landscape Awards

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Today Nancy Kreith and I attended the Mayor Daley's 2007 Landscape Awards at Garfield Park Conservatory. This event is sort like a reunion of gardeners from across the city every year. I really enjoy this event, listening to the descriptions of the winning gardens from Pilsen to the Gold Coast.

The mayor arrived around 11 a.m and spoke about "greening" in the city. He was introduced by Suzanne Malec-McKenna, the new Commissioner of the Department of Environment. I can remember probably 20 years ago when Suzanne was working for Openlands developing community gardens. Extension worked with Suzanne 10 years ago developing the Greencorps Chicago program.

The awards ceremony was well organized. Every winning group got a plaque, a gift bag and a picture with the Mayor. The Mayor stayed after the event to chat and sign autographs.

Cook County Extension Urban Horticulture Projects and Chicago Master Gardeners received awards:

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital Roof Top Garden: 1st Place Green Roofs

1401 South California

28th Ward

Chicago Master Gardeners Tom Janik, Jodi Mann, Catherine Murphy, Gail Neiman, Jane Tiffen, Blanca Avilesand Cynthia Weaver assisted with maintenance.

Mt. Greenwood Library Garden: 2nd Place Public Institutions

11010 South Kedzie

19th Ward

Master Gardeners Donna Pochie and Rita Daniel-Suchor who are also members of the Mt. Greenwood Garden Club helped to design the gardens.

Cook County Sheriff's Garden: 3rd Place Public Institutions

2600 South California

12th Ward

Extension financially supported this garden and Nancy Kreith and Master Gardeners Martha Bayne, Roberto Cepeda, Gail Neiman, Cynthia Weaver and Tom Staniszewski provided technical assistance

Mt. Greenwood Children's Garden: 1st Place Specialized Gardens

3807 West 111th Street

19th Ward

Extension financially supported this garden and Nancy Kreith, Master Gardeners Deby Kennedy, Donna Pochie and Heather Burton and Ag School Interns provided technical assistance and organized activities with youth and adults from Mt. Greenwood Park's Special Recreation program.

Sheffield Neighborhood Association: 1st Place Community Landscapes, Region 3

2200 North Clifton

32nd Ward

Master Gardener Laury Lewis provided technical assistance.

Sheffield Neighborhood Association: 3rd Place Community Landscapes, Region 3

Multiple Streetside Planters

32nd and 43rd Wards

Master Gardener Laury Lewis provided technical assistance.

Brickyard Community Garden: 2nd Place Community Landscapes, Region 5

6115 South Woodlawn

20th Ward

This community garden was started by Master Gardener Dorothy Pytel.

True Spirit International Ministries: 3rd Place Community Landscapes, Region 5

539 West 120th Street

34th Ward

Extension financially supported this garden. Nancy Kreith, Master Gardeners Jalaine May and Deby Kennedy and students from Fenger High School provided technical assistance. Retired Chicago Public School teacher, June Bethly started this garden.

Whittier School Xochiquetzal Peace Garden: 2nd Place Schools, Region 4

1900 West 23rd Street

25th Ward

Extension has financially supported this garden and Master Gardeners Donna Oppolo, Felix Palacio, and Irene Vitullo-Krull have provided technical assistance

University of Illinois Extension Demonstration Gardens:2nd Place, Schools, Region 5

3807 West 111th Street

19th Ward

Nancy Kreith, Ron Wolford, Ag School Interns and Master Gardeners Chuck Malatesta,Charlot Richards, Sandra Taeuber and Kathy Maskall have coordinated, planted and maintained the demo gardens outside of the Extension office at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

Multi-Unit Residential, Region 1: 2nd Place

3933 North Tripp

38th Ward

Master gardener Maureen Taylor won for her yard

Multi-Unit Residential, Region 5: 1st Place

1404-08 West 119th Street

34th Ward

Master Gardener Aletha M. Cohen won this award for her garden

Single Family Residential, Region 3: 3rd Place

2216 North Wayne

32nd Ward

Master Gardener Laury Lewis won for his yard.




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