Suffredin Sponsored Garden for Seniors To Open
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Special to suffredin.org
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.
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
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.
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.