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.

About The Dorothy Rose Horticulture Center

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.



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.

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Participant Benefits

Participants have full involvement in the planning, planting and care of two fields in which they grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Accessible raised bed gardens are available to allow individuals who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices to fully participate in the planting and care of plants. Participants work in a team environment to maintain a garden and engage in social interaction with volunteers. They also have the opportunity to take home vegetables, fruits and herbs they grew in the gardens.

Individuals will enjoy participating in focused activities using plant materials to help target physical, cognitive, or psychosocial outcomes, and create artwork and crafts from items harvested and preserved from gardens and nature.

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Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services