City of Gardens


It's time to get your gardens ready for next year! The City of Gardens Let's Get Growing series will be providing information on bulb planting in your fall landscape. Pre-registered individuals will receive a "beauty in bulbs" tote complete with an assortment of tulip and daffodil bulbs in addition to instructional handouts to get your fall landscape project started.

This great opportunity to help Plant Pride in our Community is free and limited to the first 50 people who pre-register.

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Rockford in Bloom

Planting Pride in our Community


  • To bring about district-wide beautification of public and private places in order to create a beautiful environment in which to live, work and play
  • To develop awareness and appreciation of the aesthetic environment
  • To promote the Rockford area as a destination status as a "City of Gardens"


We are excited to be an entrant in this year's America in Bloom competition. We take great pride in our community, and we feel that it shows. Our affinity for our beautiful gardens, excellent park system, and rich heritage is reflected in the number of citizens who have participated in this effort.

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NicholasConservatory City of GardensHanging Basket Program

The Rockford Park District's City of Gardens adds to the beauty seen throughout our community during spring and summer with our hanging basket program. The program began in 1999 with just 18 experimental baskets and quickly blossomed to more than 200 baskets that line our downtown and surrounding area streets and bridges. Our hanging basket initiative has received national recognition by "America in Bloom", and received the state Hometown Award for volunteerism. Many other communities emulate our program.

We believe flowers and gardens raise our spirits and make our community a more pleasant place to live, work, and visit. Donors are greatly appreciated, and are wonderful sources of pride for our community. To donate, contact us at the phone number or address listed at the bottom of this page.

Ruth A. Miller Beautification Award

In the spring of 2013, this award was created to honor Ruth A. Miller upon her retirement, for beautification contributions to the Rockford Park District, City of Gardens committee, and City of Rockford. Throughout Ruth's career, she was a civic leader for the Rockford community who was proud of her community, and sought to continually improve its appearance and image. She provided motivation that encouraged others to join together and create enthusiasm for community beautification. With Ruth's leadership, the City of Gardens hanging basket program expanded, beautification initiatives increased, and two America in Bloom awards were received.

The Ruth A. Miller award will be awarded annually to a local citizen, business, or organization that has provided exceptional contributions to beautifying the Rockford region. The recipient contributions could include, but are not limited to: property beautification, historical preservation, urban forestry, environmental efforts, neighborhood programs, events, projects, or community volunteerism.

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Rockford Area Gardens

Contact Us

City of Gardens
401 S. Main Street, STE 112
Rockford, Illinois 61101-1321
Phone: 815-987-1689
Fax: 815-987-8860


RPD Vision/ Mission

The Rockford Park District is the "best" urban park and recreation system in North America, as judged by those we serve.

Helping people enjoy life!

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