Gardens in Hyde Park with links and some events/opportunities dates

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Learn more about gardening at the Hyde Park Garden Fair website. Our Garden Fair Committee page. Watch for the next gardening lecture series this winter. 50th Anniversary was celebrated in 2009.

Find more gardens, pages below. Visit also 61st Street Community Garden.

April 11, Friday, reception 5:30 pm, program 6:30 pm. Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave. Dinner and an interesting and informative presentation by Cathy Maloney, (Cliff Dwellers member, Senior Editor of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine) author of the book, World's Fair Gardens. In her book author Maloney offers a lavishly illustrated exploration of the gardens and grounds of America's nineteenth and early twentieth-century world's fairs 1876-1940. The social hour (cash bar) begins at 5:30 pm with dinner ($35) at 6:30. The presentation will follow dinner. Please make reservations in advance at 312-922-8080 or

April 15, Tuesday, 6 pm. Workshop, Community Garden. Presented by South East Chicago Commission in conj. with others. At Harris CPD, 6200 S. Drexel. RSVP Diane Burnham at 773 324-6926.

Annual Hyde Park Garden Fair sales. About. Their website. Next Spring Plant Sale May 16 and 17.

A major development in Hyde Park is faith institutions and others participation in the urban farm/community gardening movement. Much of this produce is donated to people or panties, or sold to restaurants. Heavily involved under startup from One Chicago, One World are KAM Isaiah Israel, Kenwood United Church of Christ, and St. Paul and the Redeemer, which have converted their lawns into gardens.

Amanda's Garden on 56th west of Kenwood, Ray School's- work starts again Sat. April 27, 2013 10-noon and Sats. thereafter 9:30-11. Volunteers needed.

September 22, Sunday, 2-4 pm. Historic Landscaping then and now- thinking about landscaping for historic houses. Presenter Carol Yetkin, who has designed for Robie and Bach FLWright houses and Bah'ai Temple. Followed by a short tour of HP gardens! Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn.

There is a new Timuel D. Black Edible Arts Garden at the UC OMSA multicultural center, 5710 S. Woodlawn. Worth checking out.

My name is Lily Gordon and I am helping to launch a community garden in the backyard of the Rohr Chabad House this spring.

Students and community members interested in gardening, sustainability, or just volunteering are encouraged to get involved - no experience is required, although it is welcomed. We are looking for volunteers to help plan the garden and turn over the soil. We also, of course, want to hear from people who are interested in growing on their own plots of land!

Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested. I can be contacted at The process of setting this project into motion will be very exciting!

Many of our schools have gardens, and an increasing number of faith structures.

Tips for Sustainable Gardening

Washington Park Conservancy: Birds, Bees and Beets Lecture Series. In the fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Dr., Saturdays, 10:30 am. Limit 35- must preregister at 773-203-3418.

July 10 Rosemary Wyche
Master Composter Vermiculture is the buzz (How to start, maintain and harvest a worm compost bin) demonstration
August 7
Becky Schillo Ecologist Native plant identification class how insects pollinate and their awesome role in food production outdoor demonstration
September 11 Chicago Botanic Garden How to grow food in winter using coldframes outdoor workshop
October 2 Master Food Preserver How to preserve veggies and herbs drying and freezing techniques demonstration


Near 56th Street and Kenwood

local house garden

Near 56th and Dorchester

Greenwood and 54th

Greenwood and 54th

local house garden

Woodlawn at 56th

(and to right) garden along Lake Park, lot at 53rd, kept up by Garden Fair Committee. Gary Ossewaarde

The Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee keeps up the strip gardens along the City Lot on Lake Park and 53rd


Mayor Daley's Landscape Awards (including fall 2004 to Regents Park roof garden), garden volunteer opportunities, natural planting tips are in the Green page. See also Burnham Prairie Trail.

See results around the neighborhood from South East Chicago Commission/U of C beautification grants, such as the flowers south of Kimbark and 51st (common Corporation, which more than matched their grant), and from the Garden Fair. The Garden Fair received the Good Neighbor award in 2004 from the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.

June 2010: Ray School has made its Amanda's community garden also an outdoor learning environment and learing space, thanks to help from City Year (100 Hours of Power) and 50 Deloitte (IMPACT day)volunteers. The volunteers also enabled preparation of the vegetable garden. The volunteers also fixed up the baseball diamond, built a maze bench in the garden, and an outdoor stage for concerts, readings an theater. Students will sell garden produce for school needs.

Enhancement Grant applications are solicited through February and announced March each year. 773 324-6926.

Be sure to see the enlarged, gorgeous garden and smaller vegetable garden of Ray School, near 56th and Kenwood. It has a plaque (not yet installed) in remembrance of Amanda Carter, child victim of a hit and run in 1990.

More gardens!

More gardens in Parks/Other Parks and Open Space, Garden Fair page, Hyde Park Garden Fair website, and hosts of sites from Chicagoland Gardening to interactive

61st Street Community Garden

Suite of park photo galleries- index in the Park News web home, incl. Nichols

Green and beautification news and events in Park News web home,

Green news, directory, calendar

LILAC. Lake Park Corridor greening

See park and green links in Parks/Other Links and the green page

Osaka Garden Festival on Jackson Park's Wooded Island, September 3rd weekend

Our Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee page (Spring Sale May 14-14, Fall Mum and Bulb Sale September 17), Hyde Park Garden Fair's website

CKP Plants New Edible Garden at 5710- Timuel D. Black Garden
Cecilia Donnelley on Jun 16 2009 on CKP Sustainability website

The CKP is hard at work planning and creating a new edible plant garden at 5710 S. Woodlawn, the University’s Multicultural Center. In partnership with the students at 5710, CKP has dedicated the garden to Timuel Black, one of Hyde Park’s major leaders in the struggle for racial equality.

Along these lines, CKP Director Bart Schultz plans to base the garden along the lines of Timuel Black’s book Bridges of Memory, three volumes of oral histories from Chicago’s South Side. Dr. Black came to visit the garden last week, and emphasized that it should carry a positive theme of hope and optimism. He told us that the bridges of memory should also carry a message of ascent, and that the garden as a whole should tell a story, preferably one that encourages talking to the elders. He encourages everyone to speak to their older relatives and friends in order to gain a true history of their lives. Dr. Black pointed out that while these stories might not be factual, they are undoubtedly true.

The garden has multiple purposes: to promote edible landscaping as beautiful, to honor Timuel Black’s work and legacy, and to give modern students and visitors a sense of Bronzeville in its heyday, when it was three or four times as densely populated as the rest of Chicago. This dense population gave it unique culture and community feeling, which CKP intends to reflect in the garden’s design. Since the garden has these multiple layers, it will take a while to complete. Most of the ground planting and design is now in place, but many sculptural elements lie ahead, which will help the garden to tell a story in accordance with Dr. Black’s wishes.

The students at 5710 look forward to a fall harvest, which they plan to donate to a local soup kitchen. Along those lines, the garden now contains late-ripening varieties of blueberries and tomatoes along with fall crops like kale and sweet potatoes. Planting edible plants gives city residents the opportunity to eat fresh food and, for the children, a chance to see where their food comes from, something not all of them know.

We hope you will stop by 5710 S. Woodlawn to see the garden in progress. Check back for an announcement of the grand opening!

Tips for sustainable Gardening: Use-Conserve-Avoid

Brought to you by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Environmental Sustainability Task Force.





Book citations courtesy of Anna Viertel, Coordinator of School Gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden

Permaculture Websites: (posts events and seminars)

Courtesy of Bill Morrisette




If you know of a garden that deserves to be added to this page, please let us know! Also, the Hyde Park Garden Fair wants to know and put such gardens up on its website-find out how to contact them.