About the Garden
The Gerald J. Roper Gateway, as this site is known, is one of Chicago Gateway Green’s most premier gardens – both for its location and plantings. Filled with Bee Balm, Butterfly Weed, Russian Sage, ‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies, Iron Butterfly, and evergreen junipers, this colorful site catches the eye of hundreds of thousands of motorists each day. This garden is a haven for pollinators in the middle one of the busiest intersections of the city! A dense grove of trees softens the harsh urban infrastructure.[/bs_col] [/bs_row]
100 gardens cover almost 150 acres of roadside landscapes on all major expressways leading in and out of Chicago
The Expressway Partnership Program
The Expressway Partnership Program turns dreary embankments into ribbons of green parkways weaving through the city. More than 100 gardens comprise the Program, covering almost 150 acres of roadside landscapes on all major expressways leading into and out of the city. Each garden is carefully planned using native shrubs, trees, and perennials that require fewer resources and are well adapted to the harsh roadside growing conditions. We work closely with professional landscape crews to provide plant care, weed control, mowing, and litter pickup from April through October to ensure our gardens always look their best!