Join Us Saturday + Excellence in Gardening Award

Join us this Saturday for Garden Work Day, 10am to noon.*

*Please note, this may be a smaller work day than usual, with many families attending the Little Amal Stone Soup event in Margate Park. For those interested in joining, there is a bike bus meeting at the Waters main entrance off Campbell at 9:30am and departing at 9:45am to arrive in time for the 10:30am event.

Waters Garden Receives Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award!

This year, Waters Garden received a Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award! We were among 100 gardens around the city honored with such an award—including residential gardens, community gardens, school gardens, and urban farms. Poppy, Jeremy, and Megan attended the awards ceremony and accepted a lovely new all-weather sign recognizing the achievement. You might have noticed the new sign now standing under one of our bur oaks! This award is for all of us, every person who has given their attention, love, time, joy, and labor to our amazing garden.

It was an honor to be able to attend the award ceremony this year and be among so many incredible gardeners, most of whom were already familiar with Waters Garden. We connected with old friends, made new friends, and we look forward to future trips to visit their gardens together. (Read to the end for an invitation to Oriole Park Elementary’s 10 year garden anniversary on Saturday!)

During the ceremony, comments made by this year’s Garden Angel Award Winner Julie Samuels really stood out to me. Julie reminded us that gardeners in our city are establishing and tending the green spaces that we so desperately need and will continue to need as we face climate change. I think about this a lot. How our garden is among so many gardens transforming our city and world to a place more livable for all. What wonderful work to be a part of!

Congratulations on your award, Waters Gardeners! Thank you for loving the garden and for gardening!


Events Around Town This Weekend

Mark your calendars for the Sustainability Market, hosted by Reduce Waste Chicago and the North Center Neighbors Association. Northcenter Town Square will be filled with eco-minded vendors, artists, and organizations—as well as material collections by Reduce Waste Chicago, EcoShip, and Working Bikes!

Click here for more details.

Oriole Park Teaching Garden Is Turning 10!
Saturday, September 30 • 1:00–3:00pm
More info and register here.