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Growing Little City’s horticulture program for 50 years!  

What started as the seed of an idea 50 years ago has blossomed into something truly special today.  

Little City’s Dorothy Rose Horticulture Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is going stronger than ever.  

With a vocational program that offers paid positions to more advanced students who can learn the skills needed to pursue community-based employment and a therapeutic program that introduces the many benefits of gardening to casual participants, the horticulture program has become one of Little City’s most popular programs.  

The horticulture program is as unique as the flowers it grows, offering people with disabilities an experience offered in few other places. Today, the center doesn’t only serve Little City participants, but people with disabilities throughout the community.  

From the sensory and therapeutic benefits of working with plants and the soil to learning life skills and social skills, this program goes beyond the garden.  

“Horticulture offers so many benefits, so we are always looking to get as many people involved as possible,” said Jackie Kenyon, horticulture specialist. “To see how much it has grown over the years I think shows the value people get out of being here.” 

And you have a chance to see and experience the hard work of our horticulture participants with their annual plant sale – opening May 2nd! 

The increasingly popular sale features annuals, vegetable plants, herbs, succulents and hanging baskets – all grown and prepared by participants in the vocational program.  

For 50 years, you have supported hundreds of participants through our growing horticulture program, and we’re excited to have you back this spring for the annual plant sale in May!

Help our participants GROW!

Grand Opening on May 2nd!
Hours: Thursday / Friday from 1-5pm and Saturday from 9-3pm
Little City Horticulture Center (1760 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine) 

All planted, nurtured, grown, and prepared by our participants – the annual plant sale features custom hanging baskets, designer patio pots, 4-inch annuals, and a large variety of vegetables, herbs, and succulents!