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The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse had its origins more than a century ago. The first plans for the City Garden, as it was originally called, were presented in 1902. Three years later the first units were completed on a portion of the 200 plus acres donated to the City by John D. Rockefeller.
Initially, the Greenhouse was used only to grow plants for landscaping City Parks and Gardens. While City beautification is still a major goal, the Greenhouse and grounds have evolved into a botanical garden with specialty plant collections, seasonal floral displays, outdoor classrooms, and theme gardens.
The mission of the Friends is to provide support for the development, maintenance, and sustainability of Rockefeller Park Greenhouse's gardens and exhibits. Through funds accrued from annual membership dues, plant and brick sales, special events, and donations, the Friends work to enhance gardens and spaces and make them accessibilbe to the community.
FOG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Board members are volunteers who devote time and effort in raising funds for improvement projects and promoting community awareness of Rockefeller Park Greenhouse as an essential green space in an urban environment.