Chicago Public Schools’ Northside College Preparatory High School’s “Joy Garden” won top honors in Mayor Daley’s 54th Annual Landscape Awards sponsored by the Chicago Department of Environment. Award winners in several categories were honored during an awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive.
“I am proud to honor such a diverse group of people representing all corners of the city; our businesses, our schools, our community groups, are all connected by the common thread of greening and beautifying Chicago. The positive impact that these gardens and landscapes have on our environment and quality of life can not be understated,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley.
The Joy Garden has grown from a small vegetable plot to a 10,000 square foot multi-use sensory garden. Located near the northeast corner of Northside College Prep, the Joy Garden exposes students and visitors to the value of using their senses while promoting social inclusion for all students.
The revamped garden incorporates a variety of textures, colors, sights, and smells that will provide hands-on interaction between students and the natural world. The Joy Garden also includes sustainable and green approaches such as permeable pavements, reused and re-purposed building materials, and storm- water management techniques that provide valuable examples for students, faculty and parents.
First, second and third place winners were declared in each of three geographic regions for the following categories: Single Family Residential, Multi-Unit Residential, Schools and Community Landscapes.
In addition, three winners each were declared in city wide categories: Commercial Landscapes, Container Gardens, Residential High Rise, Public Institutions, Native Landscapes, Green Roofs and Walls, Vegetable Gardens and Specialized Gardens.
The Trump International Hotel and Tower also received a special recognition award for their magnificent new civic landscape that is a poetic interpretation of native Illinois that seems at once sophisticated and familiar.
This program honors all of the individuals, businesses, community groups and schools that have made the city all that it is today.
Their commitment to the City and gardening the past 54 years has been the lifeblood of this program.
Year in and year out, the participants of this wonderful program have come to exemplify Chicago’s motto of City in a Garden.
The Mayor’s Landscape Awards Program was underwritten by the Hyatt Regency Chicago and WRD Environmental. To learn more about the program, please call Greencorps Chicago at 312.744.8691.
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