A non-profit association representing members of the Illinois green industry – founded in 1925, this association is one of the oldest agricultural organizations in the state. The association represents nurseries, garden centers, landscape contractors, design firms, maintenance, irrigation, lawn care, golf course management, parks and recreation and other green industry businesses. The mission of the association is to provide its members services and opportunities in professional and business development in the green industry.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 110,000 volumes — including one of the nation’s best collections of rare botanical books.
University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties – and far beyond. Through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work, U of I Extension’s programs are aimed at making life better, healthier, safer and more profitable for individuals and their communities. U of I Extension offers educational programs in five broad areas: Healthy society, Food security and safety, Environmental stewardship, Sustainable and profitable food production and marketing systems, Enhancing youth and family and community well-being.
The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois’ agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources. The agency will strive to promote agri-business in Illinois and throughout the world. The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s vision is to promote and regulate agriculture in a manner which encourages farming and agribusiness while protecting Illinois’ consumers and our natural resources.
The Illinois Arborist Association is a non-profit organization that educates members in proper tree care and supports research on trees. Their mission is to “Foster interest, establish standards, exchange professional ideas and pursue scientific research in Arboriculture.” The IAA keeps members abreast of current issues and trends while promoting professionalism in the industry.
AmericanHort supports nearly 16,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. Their mission is to unite, promote, and advance the horticulture industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research.
The National Gardening Association (NGA) is a Vermont-based national nonprofit leader in garden-based education. NGA supports KidsGardening.org, a provider of grants and free materials for educators and families so that they may use gardening as a resource for learning. Our mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational garden programs.
Since 1982 KidsGardening.org and National Gardening Association have supported over 10,000 school and youth garden programs around the globe. Our sponsors partner with us to change the world by growing the next generation—one child, one school, one community at a time.
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support our goal to encourage the planting and protection of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Throughout natural landscapes are specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Other offerings include tree-focused events, activities and services for adults, children, professionals and communities. The Arboretum welcomes more than 932,000 visitors annually and serves 39,250 member households. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset.
The mission of Illinois Department of Natural Resources is to manage, conserve and protect Illinois’ natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public’s understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois’ natural resources for present and future generations.