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The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Mayor Daley's Landscape Awards Program

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Our city's motto, "Urbs in Horto," translates to City in a Garden. Throughout Chicago's 167-year history, the people of this city have treasured the many green spaces that enrich life and help soften urban edges, reduce noise and stress, create quiet places for reflection, provide opportunities for positive social interaction and increase property values.

The 50th Annual Mayor's Landscape Awards Program is the City's way of acknowledging the individuals, businesses, community groups, schools and other public institutions who contribute their time and energy to making our city the greenest in the nation. I invite you to share the joys of gardening with your fellow citizens by completing an application for this program. I hope that the Awards Program will continue to stimulate a passion for gardening among Chicagoans.

To enter, complete the attached entry form by answering all questions. Submit only ONE application per category. Include at least TWO photographs of your landscape; the photos must be 4" x 6", printed on regular photo paper and will not be returned. Polaroid or digital photos on disc or via e-mail will not be accepted. Please, no bound presentations, staples or tape. Applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2006.

Applications that advance to the on-site judging round will be viewed from late July through Labor Day. Award results will be mailed no later than October 1st. The awards ceremony for the winners will be held on Saturday, November 4th. This program is open to all residents, businesses and organizations located in the City of Chicago.

For more information and an application, go to

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