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

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Program Advisory Committe will hold its first meeting at Garfield Park Conservatory on Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m . We will probably want to meet again in the Fall. Otherwise we will work via email. Let's meet at the Plant Clinic and see if we can find a good meeting space. We may end up in Horticulture Hall. Bring something to drink. I will bring some donuts....

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Master Gardeners on WGN Radio

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Congrats to Master Gardeners MaryAnne Spinner and Chris Kelsey for their very impressive appearance on Mike Nowak's " Let's Talk Gardening " show today. Mike is thinking about making the Electronic Plant Clinic a monthly feature on his show. This opportunity is due to all the hard work that MaryAnne and...

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February Master Gardener Monthly Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. Community Room, Garfield Park Conservatory 6:30 p.m. - Potluck Dinner 6:45 p.m. – Announcements 7:10 p.m. - Lurie Garden in Millennium Park- a really special place to visit and volunteer. Colleen Schuetz, Chief Horticulturist Melanie Scott, Tour Administrator and a Master Gardener. Remember y...

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Plant Clinic Task Force

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How can we revitalize the Garfield Park Conservatory Plant Clinic to provide more comprehensive service to the public and still have a rewarding experience for Master Gardener volunteers? This is the scope of the newly formed Plant Clinic Task Force. Concerns with our present Plant Clinic range from the cluttered office t...

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Wild Flower Preservation Society: Rain Gardens Program

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Sue Cubberly of the Rain Garden Network will talk about the function and aesthetics of this practical gardening techniquethat prevents damaging water run-off. Wildflowers, grasses , sedges, shrubs and...

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A Surprise in the Toilet

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In the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, a resident came home from a three week vacation and made a startling discovery in their toilet....

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Don't Miss the 3rd Annual FamilyFarmed.org EXPO

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Join us on March 23 & 24 at the Chicago Cultural Center for the FamilyFarmed.org EXPO - the one event in Chicago where farmers, families and friends all come together to celebrate delicious, healthy, local and o...

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Plant Clinic Meeting:February 24

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Plant Clinic committee will meet in the third floor Extension office at 300 North Elizabeth on Saturday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. Please allow yourself enough time to find street parking, grab a cup of cof...

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Cook County Science Volunteer Program

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Studies have shown that U.S. students are falling behind the rest of the world in science and math. One of the most significant reasons for this declining performance is that students lack exposure to scientific fields. The most affected individuals are from underserved communities who are typically not encouraged to explore the sciences and as a result are not prepared to pursue scien...

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2007 Master Gardener Class

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Our fifty-four 2007 Master Gardener Interns are in their fifth week of training. The cold weather has made travel difficult, but it has not daunted their enthusiasm one bit. Many have already begun their volunteer hours at Garfield Park Conservatory Chocolate Fest, the Midwest Ecological Landscaping A...

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Thank You! Master Gardener Classroom Assistants

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We want to send out a special thanks to James Cobb, Linda Khalouf, Kathy Maskall, Charlot Richards and Marie Ware for all their assistance during Master Gardener training. They arrive shortly after 7:00 a.m. to do the set up.They have the last chair stacked and the floor swept by 4:00 p.m. They also make coffee and tea and set up the buffet. Kathy Maskall often brings...

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MaryAnne Spinner's Rooftop Garden is a Winner!

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Master Gardener MaryAnne Spinner who coordinates our very successful Electronic Plant Clinic was a first prize winner for her spectacular garage rooftop garden in Chicago Mayor Daley's Landscape Awards Contest in 2005. There is a very nice story with pictures about MaryAnne's garden and a list of her favorite plants on the The...

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Master Gardeners on WGN Radio

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, MaryAnne Spinner and Chris Kelsey will be on Mike Nowak's " Let's Talk Gardening " show on WGN radio on Sunday, February 25. Mike's show is on from noon to 2 p.m. MaryAnne coordinates the Cook County/Chicago Master Gardeners Electronic Plant Clinic. Chris is one of h...

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Stowaway Squirrel Grounds Jet

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I have over the last 23 years received a lot of calls about squirrels. I heard about squirrels in my attic, squirrels in my birdfeeder and squirrels digging up my bulbs, but the squirrel who found his way into the wiring of a jet is a new one for me. Sadly, the squirrel was killed after he was captured....

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U of I Extension Cook County Job Fair

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Cook County Extension to Host a 1-day Job Fair to Recruit Candidates for Immediate Openings in Clerical, Professional and Para-professional Positions Job seekers in Cook County should mark their calendars for the Cook County Extension Job Fair–a one-day event to recruit and hire new employees to support recent ex...

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Smelly Plant at Lincoln Park Conservatory

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The plant that smells like rotting meat is blooming again at Lincoln Park Conservatory . What smells is the Devil's Tongue " Amorpho...

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Native Seed Collection Jobs

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Dear native plant enthusiast, We coordinate the Millennium Seed Bank Project, an international conservation project headed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ( http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/msbp/index.html ) that aims to collect seeds from 10% of the world's flora by 201...

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Chicago Farmers Market Forager Job Opening

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Chicago's Green City Market and the City of Chicago jointly sponsor a Farm Forager. The Farm Forager is a key part of our efforts to develop a synergistic food system with hundreds of regional farmers within the four states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, that will impact Chicago's dining choices. The Farm Forager is a unique position with the objective of recruiting quali...

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Continuing Education: Spring Lawn Care

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When: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Where: Extension Office at the Agricultural High School – 3807 W. 111 th Street and Extension Chicago South Office – at 8751 S. Greenwood. Who: Open to the public – Free of charge. What: Spring Lawn Care Presentation...

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Soybeans: Breakfast of Champions?

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Breakfast of champions? That would be a soy protein-packed, low-fat, high-fiber cereal that meets the requirements for three different FDA health claims and leaves you feeling full so you won't be tempted to eat again until lunch. University of Illinois scientist Soo-Yeun Lee has cooked up a "recipe" for just such a cereal, one that's passed the taste test of...

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Horticulture Postion

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Aramark supports school district goals by effectively and efficiently serving student, faculty, staff, and community needs in facility and food and nutrition services. With a dedicated K-12 approach and understanding, we collaborate with districts to create environments that support their dedication to student excellence. Aramark is...

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Mysterious Illness Killing Bees

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A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination. Researchers are scrambling to find the cause of the ailment, called...

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Late Fall Sunset at the Ag School

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After a long day of planting 400 bulbs during our very warm late fall. I was walking out of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and happened to catch this beautiful sunset....

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Volunteer for Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Many of you have asked about participation at the new March 2007 Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show in Rosemont. Because the show is located out of Chicago, our Unit will not be directly responsible for any activities there. However, we have information from Greg Stack about a Master Gardener Information table at the...

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Continuing Education Opportunity: Gardening with Kids

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Proksa Park Garden Club of Berwyn presents a special program on Gardening with Kids presented by Master Gardener, Bobbi Jordan. Monday, Feb.19 at 6:30 p.m.....

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