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

Slots Open for Smart Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners, These are the slots we still have available for April, May and June at the Museum of Science and Industry . We are scheduling 2 Docents for each shift, 2 Groomers daily, and one historian on Saturdays and Thursdays. We are more concerned with filling these earlier dates, but there a...

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February Monthly Meeting: William Moss

Posted by Ron Wolford -

William Moss, Master Gardener Class of 1996, and now a radio, TV, and Web site "Gardening Guy" will be our speaker at our February 26, Master Gardener Monthly Meeting. We often tell Master Gardener interns that becoming a Master Gardener can change one's life. This is certainly true for William Moss. Come and hear his story, and get some practical gardening information too. His topic wi...

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Macy Flower Show Events and Duties

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning, Macy Flower Show Volunteers, The time for Macy's Spring Flower Show is fast approaching, so thanks to all of you for volunteering to be part of this special event. Here is a summary of events and duties. Please read it carefully. Dates: Thursday, March 6 9:00 a.m. Installation of the 'hardscape' for the show with designer...

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Listen to Garden Teleconferences

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The American Community Gardening Association offers a series of excellent recorded teleconferences on their Web site. These are 90 minute conferences that have 1 to 3 speakers. Topics covered include garden fundraising, garden leadership, school gardens, fundraising and immigrants and community gardening....

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Master Gardener Database Tips

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Master Gardeners, It is a new year and you are already hard a work making Chicago a more beautiful place! Many of your have made a New Year's resolution to enter your Volunteer hours weekly or monthly. Thank you. We already have over 350 hours reported for the year 2008. If you still are not up on to the database, please contact me and we will set up an in...

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Organic Curriculum Instructor Wanted

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Chicago Christian Industrial League , in partnership with Windy City Harvest , an exciting new urban agriculture jobs training program on Chicago's west side, is seeking an experienced instructor to work with its first class of 15 adult trainees starting in September. This program is base...

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Welcome Julie Perteet

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Urban Gardening staff would like to welcome our new secretary, Julie Perteet to the University of Illinois Extension . Julie will be splitting her time between our Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences office and our Greenwood offices. Please welcome Julie to Extension wh...

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Thank You: MaryAnne and Chris

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I would just like to thank Electronic Plant Clinic Master Gardeners MaryAnne Spinner and Chris Kelsy for taking time last Sunday to appear on Mike Nowak's WGN Radio's, Let's Talk Gardening Show . MaryAnne and Chis did a great job answering gardening questions with the always funny Mike...

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Macy Flower Show Crew Questions

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Macy Flower Show Crew: Thank you for your quick replies, but I see that I was not nearly specific enough on the information that I need to make up the security lists for Macy's. Please email this specific information. Will you volunteer on the date assigned to you? __________ Will you attend the Hardscape installation at 9:00 a.m. on March 6? ____________...

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Have Fun With Bugs

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Please consider volunteering for the following event: Date & Time February 21, 2008 (9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Location North Kenwood Oakl...

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Master Gardeners on WGN Radio

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Two of our own Master Gardeners, MaryAnne Spinner and Chris Kelsey, will be guests on the Mike Nowak (also a Master Gardener) Show , Let's Talk Gardening , this Sunday, February 10, 12 noon - 2:00 p.m. on WGN 720 AM radio. MaryAnne and Chris are members of our E...

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Attend MG Intern Class for Continuing Ed.

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners, Need to brush up on a training topic? You are invited to attend any of the current Master Gardener Intern classes for Continuing Education credit. The Class schedule is attached. Please note that we are meeting at two locations, Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. This is the drill: 1. Sign in when you arr...

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Smart Home Garden Volunteer Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Master Gardener, Thank you for expressing your interest, to your Master Gardener Coordinator, in volunteering with this year's Smart Home: Green and Wired exhibition . We are very excited about partnering with the Museum of Science and Industry and g...

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Continuing Ed: Proksa Park Garden Club

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Proksa Park Garden Club will meet on Monday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Proksa Park Community Room at 3001 South Wisconsin Avenue in Berwyn, Illinois. The featured speaker will be Diana Dunlap, Horticulture Director, Brookfield Zoo Will Rutt...

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Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show now celebrating its 14th year-- will return in 2008 on Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, with two new features: a Home Lifestyle Expo that will run all nine show days, and an opening weekend (March 8-9) juried art show with 100-plus artists. The new Home Lifestyle Expo, included in the price of admissio...

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Continuing Ed: Attracting Birds and Butterflies

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Marian Thill, a Master Gardener with the Chicago Botanic Garden, says you don't need a lot of space to attract birds and butterflies to your garden. Her small Morton Grove backyard has documented 21 butterfly species and 75 different kinds of birds over the last 15 years. She'll be the Thursday, February 7 speaker for the Wild Flower Preservation Society in the auditorium of the Lincoln Park Cu...

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Help Needed at Garfield Plant Clinic

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Jackie Paine needs Master Gardeners to staff the Plant Clinic at Garfield Park Conservatory. Please sign up now. We are working on ways to make this a more enjoyable experience for you. Give us your ideas. Why not ask you best Master Gardener friend to join you? You will be providing a service and have a chance to get "caught up" at the same time. It is our tradition that Activ...

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Chocolate Fest

Urgent! Master Gardeners Needed for Chocolate Festival

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Jackie Paine needs Master Gardeners for the Garfield Park Plant Clinic for Saturday, February 9 for the Chocolate Fest . Please contact Jackie at msjlpaine@aol.com if you can work on February 9. When you respond, please give Jackie your name and phone number and let her know if you are a Master Gardener or an Intern....

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2007 Master Gardener Graduation

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Your graduation is set for May 27, 2008. You have until April 1 to get your volunteer hours entered into the NE Region database. Let me know if you need assistance. We will no longer accept any more Continuing Education Hours for 2007. That deadline has passed. I removed all of the 2007 Continuing Education items from the database this morning. Let me know how I can help you....

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