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A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.
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Flower Show Returns to Navy Pier in 2009

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Mayor Richard M. Daley was pleased to join officials with the M...

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Volunteer at Taste of Chicago

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Master Gardeners and Master Composters: Great Volunteer Opportunity - Short Notice! So many of you have asked about being at the...

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Mount Greenwood Garden Walk

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See nine inspiring gardens on the Mount Greenwood Garden Walk on July 13, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The walk begins at 3442 West 108 th Street . Tickets are $7.00. For more in...

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Volunteer at Brookfield Zoo

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Please contact the Zoo directly to volunteer. eb Brookfield Zoo Volunteer Program; Master Gardener Recruitment for Hamill Family Play Zoo Are you passionate about nature and animals? Are you playful, fun-loving, and young at heart? Do you enjoy being outdoors? If so, we have a fantastic volunteer opportunity for you at Brookfield Zoo's Hamill Family Play Zoo. Th...

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Master Gardeners on WCPT AM 820

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hi all, Just wanted to let you know that Chris Kelsey and I will be on Mike Nowak's radio show again this Sunday, June 22nd. We will be answering call-in gardening questions from noon to 1 p.m. or maybe even longer. Mike recently moved his show from WGN radio to WCPT AM 820 . WGN had been pre-emp...

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June Monthly Meeting: Gary Comer Youth Center

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Don't miss this special treat!! We have arranged a real treat for you for our June meeting, a tour of the new premiere roof garden at the new Gary Comer Youth Center . You have read about it in all the papers and now you will have you own tour conducted by Marji Hess, Comer's lead gardener! June Monthly Meeting 6:00...

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Help Needed at Extension Ag School Demo Gardens

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Master Gardeners, We are falling way behind on our gardening at the Ag. School Extension garden. We have many duties to complete. The first thing we need to do is pull weeds. Please stop by sometime this week if you can help with pulling weeds. If Ron and I are in the field, then our secretary, Julie can assist you with getting tools on Tues. or Fri. this week. I will be here on Thursday to hel...

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Attend Midwest Regional Master Gardener Conference

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The Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardeners are hosting the Midwest Regional Master Gardener Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Conference Center on July 16-19. For More Information...

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Elizabeth's New Email

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Thank you for the warm welcome back. It is nice to be here. Thanks to Nancy's wonderful work there is not much catching up to do. You will be getting notices soon on the Monthly Meetings for June, July and August. I'm having terrible problems with my personal email account so please send any messages to me at my UIUC account:...

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Piet Oudolf Lecture at Art Institute

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Master Gardeners, Melanie Scott reminds us that there is a free lecture by Piet Oudolf, who designed Lurie Garden. Piet Oudolf Lecture 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 Fullerton Room Art Institute Please use my UIUC account for any emails concerning the Master Gardener Program. ebruhns@uiuc.edu Thanks, Elizabeth...

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Free Plants for Community Gardens

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Please let Master Gardeners know about these free plants: The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory have limited supplies of the following herbs and vegetables that we would like to donate to community gardens that Master Gardeners are volunteering at: Red Leaf Amaranthus Lettuce 'Bulls Blood'Beets Golden Chard Rhubarb Chard Red Giant Mustard...

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Biodiversity Project Job Openings

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Hello! The Biodiversity Project, now located in Chicago Illinois, is hiring. Please find attached the three job postings. The job titles and job descriptions are: Director of Communications Great Lakes Program Manager...

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Welcome Back! Elizabeth and Julie

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Hello Master Gardeners, I'm happy to announce that Elizabeth Bruhns, our Master Gardener Program Organizer, and Julie Perteet, our office secretary, are returning to their duties today, Monday, June 9. We all owe a special thank you to Nancy Kreith, who has kept the Chicago Master Gardener program running for the past two months. She has done an outstanding job. Master G...

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Historic Pullman Garden Walk

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Historic Pullman Garden Club, in participation with the Pullman State Historic Site , invite you back to the Victorian era of the 1880's during the 14th Annual Garden Walk on Saturday June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme this year is "Art in the Garden and Joe in the Kitchen." Many of the private residences will be displ...

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Free Annuals for Community Groups

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More than 300 community groups across the City of Chicago take advantage of the FREE materials offered by Greencorps Chicago: seeds, annuals and vegetables, perennials and bulbs. The distribution of perennials, the "Great Perennial Divide," is conducted in partnership with GreenNet. The 2008 give-away dates are: Seeds - Saturday, March 15 Vegetables – Saturday, May...

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Extension Budget Update

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Just a note to let you know that a bill to fund Extension for 2008/09 passed both the House and Senate Saturday. The Bill is now on the Governor's desk. Amendment 2 of this Bill contains appropriations for County Board Match, Cook County Initiative and 4-H Youth Development. The numbers for these three lines are $14.3 million-County Board Match, $5.365 million-Cook County Initiative and...

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