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.


When you shop our Little City Plant Sale, you’re creating a lifetime of growth and possibilities for people with developmental & intellectual disabilities! Our participants have worked hard planting, growing, caring for, and preparing hanging baskets, succulents, vegetables, handcrafted bouquets, and MORE.

Proceeds from the Plant Sale go right back into our Horticulture program which helps plant the seeds for growth. We can’t wait to see you there!​


  • Opening Day: May 4, 2023 (just in time for Mother’s Day!)
  • Open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm – 5pm and Saturdays from 9am – 3pm
  • 1760 W. Algonquin Rd. in Palatine (A-Frame building)


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.