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The Lake Forest Garden Club was founded in 1912 by a handful of forward-thinking women as a volunteer organization dedicated to horticulture and conservation. In 1913, it was one of twelve founding members of the Garden Club of America. From its earliest years, the Lake Forest Garden Club has worked to promote the understanding of the interdependence of horticulture, environmental protection and community improvement. Since 2000, and now including this grant, the Club has made philanthropic contributions totaling over $1 million dollars in the local community. Projects include planting of elm trees along Deerpath Road, from Green Bay Road to Waukegan Road, in memory of soldiers who died in WWI, and planting of daffodil bulbs that bloom in April on the Deerpath Middle School hill in memory of the victims of 9/11. The Club has provided funds for a landscape redesign plan for Market Square in the 1990’s, for work at Gorton Community Center, both the former and new Lake Forest Hospitals, the Lake Forest Library, and most recently the re-imagined Forest Park.

Club representatives are advocates for environmental protection in Washington, D.C. at the annual National Affairs and Legislation Conference. The Club supports local scholarships through the Center for Conservation Leadership at Lake Forest Open Lands Association, along with national initiatives and funding for Garden Club of America scholarships.

The Lake Forest Garden Club's Mission

The advancement of gardening, the promotion of horticultural knowledge, and the stimulation of community interest in conservation and civic improvement.

Lake Forest Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) organization and a founding member of the Garden Club of America (GCA).

The Garden Club of America seeks to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening; to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence, and publications; and  to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment  through educational programs and action in the fields of  conservation and civic improvement. 

The Garden Club of America

The City of Lake Forest

Lake Forest Garden Club is located in Lake Forest Illinois and cooperates with the City of Lake Forest on many projects.

The City of Lake Forest

The Lake Forest Garden Club's incorporation and tax filing documents are available upon request.


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Lake Forest Garden Club is a founding member of The Garden Club of America

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