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

Master Gardener Q & A Column in Pioneer Press Newspapers

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Cook County Master Gardener's Electronic Plant Clinic group's Gardening Q & A Column just went live on April 12 in the Pioneer Press newspapers. Master Gardener MaryAnne Spinner coordinates a group of 18 Master Gardeners who will be answering gardening questions sent in from readers. Twenty Pioneer Press newspapers have picked up this...

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Oak Park Conservatory's Annual Herb Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory's 18th Annual Herb Sale is on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Fopcon members only and May 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the general public and they are looking for volunteers. Want to help? They have a few slots open! Email: Hilda Birney at bobhilda@msn.co...

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Niki in the Garden Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Here is another way for you to show your support for one of our finest partner organizations, Garfield Park Conservatory. Of course, you can do volunteer work for this event. However, it is not a horticulture related event and you will not receive credit for Master Gardener Volunteer hours for this evening. We are looking for volunteers to help...

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Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

What: Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale Time: Saturday/Sunday-May 5th and 6th -10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Wicker Park-1425 North Damen Avenue Ornamental annuals, perennials, shrubs, grasses, hanging baskets, herbs, heirloom tomatoes and hand-made botanical greeting cards will be sold...

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Chicago Rain Barrel Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Chicagoans can purchase a discounted Chicago Rain Barrel, while supplies last, beginning May 21, 2007. Mark your calendar! - Rain barrels are for Chicago residents only - Residents are limited to 1 barrel per household (per year) - Reservations are NOT required - When picking up a rain barrel, bring a $40 check payable to "City of Chicago" with your current Chicago address li...

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Wild Flower Preservation Society Field Trip

Posted by Ron Wolford -

In a departure from its regular meeting time and place, the Wild Flower Preservation Society is taking a field trip to the rooftop garden of the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, 1401 S. California (just south of Roosevelt Road (1200) at 2800 West ....

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Common Threads Garden Coordinator Job Announcement

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Common Threads World Garden provides an educational environment using horticulture to teach children how we, as a world family, share in the common threads of growing food. The organic garden promotes a nurturing relationship with the earth, encourages healthy eating, and uses an interactive approach to make a difference in understanding the ways in which food connects our communiti...

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Master Gardeners Needed at Fenger High School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners are needed to assist with the After School Matters Horticulture program at Fenger High School. University of Illinois Extension Academic Hourly Latoya Washington is working with twelve students at the school every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of May. Projects include planting the vegetable garden, maintaining a perennia...

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April Master Gardener Monthly Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about UIUC Extension's Plan for the 21st Century . Who are those forty new educators in Cook County, and what are they doing? How does the Master Gardener Program fit into this new plan? For answers to these questions and more, be sure to attend the Master Gardener Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, April 24,...

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Master Gardeners Needed at Little Village Academy

Posted by Ron Wolford -

From Nancy Kreith: Sorry for the late notice. I have had many things going on. Anyhow, if you are available on the short notice it would be much appreciated. I am looking for one to two Master Gardeners for the following: Just to give you a heads up, we have started a gardening program at Little Village Academy. We will be going there on a monthly basis. If you like wor...

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Free Furniture for Non-Profit Organizations

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners who volunteer with non-profit groups might want to inform them of this free furniture offer from Depaul: Depaul University 's Housing Services will be replacing furniture in four residence halls. They are looking to donate a large amount of furniture (600 beds/mattresses, 600 desks, 600 dressers, 100 couches, and 100 upholstered chairs) to groups or organizatio...

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Growing Connection Trainees

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting an Earth Day concert on Sunday, April 22.To learn more about this visit: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/earthday2007.html . Nancy Kreith took three earthboxes to Lincoln Park Zoo for this event. We need one or two Growing Connection trainees to help Jeanne at the garden on April 22. Please...

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Periodical Cicada Video

Posted by Ron Wolford -

As I was searching for information on a new blog I am developing I came across this spectacular video from Indiana University on the 2004 emergence of the periodical cicada. You have to have QuickTime to view the video. The 2007 emergen...

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Web Gardening Resources

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The following are some sources of horticulture information on the internet. University of Illinois Extension- Hort Corner www.urbanext.uiuc.edu University of Illinois Extension-Horticulture Solutions...

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Lincoln Park Zoo Vegetable Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Lincoln Park Zoo vegetable gardeners: This nasty weather cannot go on forever, so let's get signed up for at least the near future. I know for sure that Pat and Tom can only work on Wednesdays because of work commitments. Wednesdays seem to be everyone's favorite day for now. At the beginning of the season, I'm sure that will be OK. There will be a lot to do....

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Volunteers Needed for Green and Growing Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

If you can help on the April 28 th please send an email with your preferred volunteer assignment and shift to Harmony Picciuca at hpicciuca@garfieldpark.org . You can cut and paste it right in the body of the email. We are having a volu...

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Urgent: Help Needed at Ag School Extension Office

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, we need your help! We have been receiving an overwhelming number of plant and insect questions at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Extension Office. I could use your help returning calls and mailing out information. I will be available to work with you next Monday, April 9 all day and Tuesday, April 10 for part of the day. Please email...

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Volunteer at GreenNet Green and Growing Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Calling all Master Composters! What: GreenNet Green and Growing Fair When: Saturday, April 28 from 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Where:...

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Green Business Conference

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Don't miss this great conference–join Jeffrey Hollender of Seventh Generation and over 350 progressive business leaders at the upcoming Green Business Conference April 17-20 in Chicago at the...

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Wicker Park Garden Club Lecture

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Monday, April 9, 7-8:30 p.m. SMALL SPACE GARDENS Carolyn Ulrich - Editor, Chicagoland Gardening Magazine Wicker Park Field House - 1425 N. Damen Tickets $8 - Register: wpgar...

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Invitation to Wild Flower Preservation Society Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Wildflowers are only one part of the native plant universe and our native ashes are in peril. The emerald ash borer is no secret these days and Pam Holy of Wisconsin's Chiwaukee Prairie will speak to the Wild Flower Preservation Society, this Thursday, April 4, 1:15 p.m. on dealing with the pest threatening our native ashes and how it affects the entire native landscape. Ash trees come...

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Chicago Master Gardener Database Announcement

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning, Master Gardeners, I will not be approving any submitted Volunteer Hours, Continuing Education Hours or Suggested Continuing Education until after Monday, April 9. You can go ahead with submitting new hours, but hours will not be approved until next week. Hours for the calendar year 2006 are no longer accepted. This week, I'm finalizing the volunteer hours...

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Kilbourn Park Greenhouse Needs Help

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse needs your support! Here are the projects that can use more hands. If you are available call or e-mail or stop on by! Hardening Off Area Development Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Help create the Hardening off space for the Plant Sale Seedlings! I need people willing to move sand to level a space and then ass...

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Chicago Botanic Garden Job Announcement

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Coordinator of Interpretive Programs Purpose: To coordinate, implement and maintain a diverse range of informal learning experiences, activities, and programs for garden visitors. Programming and work takes place primarily in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetabl...

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