Children’s Garden Project of Elwood

Mission & Purpose

The Children’s Garden Project, founded in 1997, in cooperation with the Village of Elwood, Elwood School District and Jackson Township provides an enlightening and educational experience for the young and the young at heart who enjoy nature and gardening. The garden is dedicated to enrich the minds, hands and hearts of all who share a common bond with nature. Our Garden offers daily exploration that invites play and interaction with the natural environment.

Garden Guidelines

Please respect our community garden when visiting and observe the following guidelines:
  • Parents/Grown-ups please stay with children at all times.
  • The Garden picnic area is available for groups smaller than 10. All others call the village to reserve Lloyd Erickson Park Pavilion at 815-423-5011.
  • Stay on paths to protect the plant life.
  • Pets, bicycles, skateboards, smoking and alcohol are not permitted in the garden.
  • Flowers and vegetables are for display purposes only.
  • Clean-up areas after use.
  • Bathrooms at Llyod Erickson Park will only be open from 7am to 3pm. BATHROOMS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.
As a reminder, children and young visitors should not be left alone in the garden at any time. Thank you for your cooperation in caring for the Children’s Garden.

Garden Safety

​Please be advised that the busiest times in the garden are between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. A "FULL TO CAPACITY" sign may be posted to ensure the safety of all visitors and to protect our outdoor environment. Thank you for your cooperation!
To speak to a Garden Keeper call 815-693-0214.

25th Anniversary Event Schedule

Click here for the complete list of events planned for our 25th Anniversary.

2022 Planting Day

Please come to celebrate and help with all the new plantings on May 14, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided, click here for more details.

​Yoga in the Garden

Tuesdays in June, $13 per week. Check out our flyer for details.

Country & Western Line Dance Classes

Free to attend, for beginners. Couples and singles welcome. More information here.

Ukulele Lessons for Beginners

If you can tie your shoes, you can learn to play the ukulele. All ages welcome.
4 week program for $25.00, all proceeds benefit the Children's Garden. Click here for additional information.

Ukulele Strummers

We are a local ukulele group that meet on a weekly basis on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. and would love for you to join us. Click here for more information


The special moments in life can be commemorated by a walk through the Elwood Children’s Garden Project. That first Mother’s Day, Dad’s 50th Birthday, your wedding day, and so many more events can be engraved into a brick to remember forever. Your brick will be a personal contribution to the garden that your family can reminisce over as they enjoy their visit to the Elwood Children’s Garden. Bricks cost $100 each.

Please complete the Buy-a-Brick Form, and send a check and order from to:

Village of Elwood
RE: Brick Order
401 E Mississippi Avenue
Elwood, IL 60421