City of Gardens


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401 S. Main Street
Rockford, Illinois 61101-1321
Phone: 815.987.1689
Fax: 815.987.8860

Hanging 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.

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.

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Rockford Area Gardens



To be the best urban parks and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.


To help people enjoy life by providing an exceptional parks and recreation system.

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