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Chicago Master Gardener

A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.

Bulb Planting at the Lurie Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

September 24-26 Please join us for this one-of-a kind event!! Meet Dutch horticulture experts Piet Oudolf, Franz and Jacqueline when they come to Millennium Park in September to supervise the planting of their new spring bulb design for the Lurie Garden. Over 75,000 bulbs have been generously donated to Chicago by the International Bulb...

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Emerald Ash Borer Update

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The emerald ash borer has recently been found in Kane County, Evanston and Winnetka. The borer is about one-half inch long and appears brown in shade and under bright light is dark green in color. Millions of ash trees in Michigan have been devastated. This pest is a very serious threat to the 178 million ash trees in Illinois. This is a very, very dangerous pest of ash trees,"...

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Fall Volunteer Opportunities at Kilbourn Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

General support of gardens and greenhouse volunteers requested this fall on Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesdays, Noon - 8 p.m., Thursdays, 1 - 3 p.m., and Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. Volunteers can work anytime during these hours. Please note, there is a strong volunteer team for Wednesdays. During this fall, I will be leading after school programming from 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Volunteers coming dur...

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Fall Organic Gardening Series

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Six week series, Saturdays, September 30 - November 4 from 10 a.m. - Noon. Cost: $60, pre-register at Kilbourn Park Greenhouse or call the greenhouse to get on the registration list. Instructors include: Mike Flynn from Green Quest Bill Shores, grower for celebrity chef Rick Bayless and instructor for...

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Kilbourn Park Harvest Festival

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 3501 N. Kilbourn, just south of Addison, between Cicero and Milwaukee. Stoplight now at Kilbourn and Addison. Free and fun for the entire family. Come hear fellow Master Gardeners lead demonstrations and tastings on Preserving your Garden's Herbs, Composting, and Making Fried Green Tomatoes! If you have any tomato questions the Tomato L...

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