Eunita Rushing (born 1949) was raised in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, the 4th oldest of nine girls. She first got into gardening when she was a graduate student at Loyola and had a studio apartment filled with plants. That apartment was a foreshadowing of where she’d spend most of her professional career—the Garfield Park Conservatory. In her role as President of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Rushing not only helped raise funds but more importantly raised awareness of the Jen Jensen designed conservatory (one of the largest in the US). As educational and public programs were developed, attendance blossomed and the conservatory has become one of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions.
Why this stop? The Green Line Conservatory/Central Park stops is right at Garfield Park Conservatory.
Get involved — There are many ways to lend a hand at the Garfield Park Conservatory from leading tours to getting your hands dirty as you propagate plants to bee-keeping.