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Suffredin Sponsored Garden for Seniors To Open

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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by Larry Suffredin

On August 17, 2011, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Richard Minocchio, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC), have the honor of cutting the ribbon on a new garden located at the Victor Walchirk Apartments, 2300 Noyes Court.  This new garden is part of the Green Connections Project, a joint partnership between Family Focus, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin’s Office, the Housing Authority of Cook County and the City of Evanston.

The Green Connections Project is a container gardening project that aims to engage residents of the City of Evanston’s public housing facilities and provide a means for a hands-on outdoor activity that would support healthy living and sustainable practices. 

As part of the pilot program, container gardens are also under way at the Jane R. Pearlman Apartments, 1900 Sherman and Blake Robinson Manor, 1615 Emerson.  Plans are underway to expand the established walled garden at Ebenezer Primm Towers, 1001 Emerson to include containers in 2012. Each garden will be maintained by the residents of the building and will be used to plant herbs, vegetables, and flowers.


Container gardening is the practice of growing plants exclusively in containers instead of planting them in the ground. Containers can be made of a variety of materials and set at a variety of heights to invite gardeners of all ages and physical ability to participate.

Gardening has long been known as a great outdoor activity for all ages.  Growing food also helps promote health and nutrition. Container gardening will allow Senior residents to take advantage of existing outside space at each of Evanston’s Senior public housing facilities and incorporate visual appeal and function by gardening in containers that can be incorporated into our existing spaces. 

With the engagement of the project partners, the long term goal of the project is to engage cross-generational volunteers and adult organizations within the City to help maintain the gardens and support the residents with a successful and sustainable gardening program.

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