Developing Life Skills Through Horticulture

The horticulture program at Little City helps develop numerous skills through gardening and landscaping workshops held in two greenhouses and outside throughout our 56-acre campus. Classes include instruction in planting, maintenance and safety. The program also provides employment opportunities. 


Classes are led by Little City’s Horticulture Manager with assistance of master gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Program. Classes are held in two greenhouses, as well as on Little City’s campus. Indoor and outdoor season classes include: introduction to horticulture (skill-based learning); outdoor gardening of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers; succulents and cacti; horticulture therapy; herbs; growing vegetables indoors; and raised bed and container gardening.


The Dorothy Rose Horticulture Center enables individuals to develop numerous skills through four main teaching aspects: general horticulture skills, the life cycle of plants, care, and maintenance of indoor plants and outdoor gardening.