The Hyde Park Garden Fair operates as a committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC). The proceeds from the Fair are used to support the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Conference and its programs, as well as to beautify our neighborhood through various gardening projects. Teachers and other individuals may apply for grants to use for public projects such as parkway and street corner plantings. Plants and bulbs are donated directly to churches, synagogues, schools, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations. We provide money and plants for sidewalk planters along commercial streets.
We design, plant, and maintain several mini-gardens. One of the most interesting was the design of "Harold's Garden" (named after Mayor Washington) located in East End Park, on the west side of 5200 S. Lake Shore Drive. Since it was created to be seen by people whizzing by at 45 mph, designing it was more intriguing than the usual residential garden or park. We needed bright, splashy colors, showy flowers, and large masses of plants. We used colored foliage to augment the perennial plants and ornamental grasses for exciting textures which add to the winter display and architectural structure.
We continue our neighborhood projects every summer in Nichols Park, Spruce Park, along 53rd Street, and in other areas. See "Projects" (above) for more details.
Members of the Garden Fair Committee also share their experiences and expertise at the Spring Fair. No single Garden Fair Committee member can answer all questions, of course. But each of us can describe our own gardening right here in the neighborhood. We can talk about the problems we have solved and the ones we still are trying to resolve. We can tell you which Committee member knows the most about the problem you describe and where that member is on the floor of the Fair. So talk to us and ask your questions when you come to buy your plants!
There will also be reference books and seed and supply catalogs to look over. If you have general questions about the Fair itself, or if you wish to join us at the next Fair as a volunteer, or if you wish to request that we try to find a specific plant or plant group for next year, let us know!