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Founded in 1958, the mission of the Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest is the education in gardening skills of its members and the stimulation of interest in conservation and civic planting.


For over 60 years, Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest has been actively promoting gardening and is an organization whose members share the love of all aspects of gardening. The club is located in Lake Forest, Illinois. 

The Belvedere Garden is the club’s native plant garden display at Forest Park Beach. It is a feeding site of migrating monarch butterflies over the summer. The garden was designed by Deirdre E. Toner of D. T. Designs in 2016. The Belvedere Garden is a collaborative effort between the City of Lake Forest and our club.  It is lovingly cared for by the club’s own “Belvedere Belles” weeding and planning committee.

Biennially, the Junior Garden Club holds its primary garden walk fundraiser.  The garden walk showcases some of the finest local gardens, promoting gardening as well as raising funds for philanthropic causes. Historical records indicate the first reported President of the Junior Garden Club was Mrs. T. Amour.  The club started in 1958 as a gathering of women friends who shared plants and plant cuttings.  The first Garden Walk was held in 1989. Over the years, the scope of the JGC’s work has grown from plant swapping to gardening techniques to civic beautification projects, community planting initiatives and conservation programs. 

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The Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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