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Chicago Master Gardener

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

Volunteers Needed at Washington Park: Habitat Restoration

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Master Gardener Intern, Madiem Kawa, is a Site Seward at Washington Park . She is requesting our help with a special park project. We will top off this work day with a special tour of the Dusable Mu...

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Master Gardeners talking to the Mayor about the sustainable parts of the garden.

2009 Chicago Master Gardener Training Schedule

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The 2009 Chicago Master Gardener training will be held at Garfield Park Conservatory , 300 North Central Park in the Jensen room. Classes will be held on Tuesdays starting January 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m....

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Adult Special Needs Gardening Camp

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners! We are looking for patient and compassionate gardeners for help in the Mount Greenwood Children's Garden for the first 4 Wednesdays in October. An Adult Special Needs Gardening Camp will be coming in for a Hort 101 class to plant seeds, learn about insects and worms, and have work days outdoors October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. We would love to have 2-4 Master Gardener vo...

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Continuing Education: Sustainable Cities Symposium

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The Sustainable Cities Symposium serves to educate Illinois municipal leaders on how to make communities more sustainable by implementing green practices and programs. The conference is an opportunity for you to share information and exchange ideas with mayors, public works departments, planners, engineers, community groups, and interested residents. Presentations and discussions will c...

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Squashes

Cornucopia of Squash

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Q: What comes in many colors and sizes, easy to prepare, tasty, healthy and plentiful now? A: If you said winter squash, you are correct. Winter Squash comes in many colors, orange, yellow, green, red, and vary in size from a few ounces to 15 pounds or more. Q: In case you are wondering, what is Summer Squash? A: Crookneck and zucchini are examples of Summer Squash...

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Help with Chicago Public Library Programs

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Chicago Public Library has asked Extension to teach a fun and crafty class Design Your Favorite Book Character in 6 different library locations. The 6th-8th grade groups will decorate a planter with paints and crafts modeled after their favorite literary character, and then plant grass or lettuce seed to grow the hair. We would love to have 1-2 MG's a...

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Continuing Education Opportunity: Lurie Garden Lectures

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Plan to attend the Lurie Garden Fall/Winter Lecture Series and earn Continuing Education hours....

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Help Needed for MG Helpline and Garfield Park Plant Clinic

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, As the growing season comes to a close the public has more questions than ever for our Master Gardener helplines. Please consider coming to the Ag School office from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. , Monday, Wednesday or Friday (or any other weekday) There will be plenty for you to do, and using the new extension website http://se...

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Help Needed at Schiller School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Greetings Master Gardeners, Hope your summer was full and wonderful! We are finally entering the new school year, and you had indicated at the end of class last April that you'd be interested in working on projects with children and schools. We are beginning with two workdays. New plants ha...

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Pumpkins

Pumpkin for the Holidays

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There are many varieties of winter squash, pumpkin is just one of them. Pumpkin is probably the best known and most used member of the squash family. The most popular way to use pumpkin today is as pie. The pumpkin pie probably originated when some sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey and then baked it in hot coals. Today 99 percent of...

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Continuing Education: Natural Lawn Care Workshops

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Safer Pest Control Project is presenting two workshops in their successful Natural Lawn Care series! Learn from industry experts and researchers how to succeed with organics, turf management strategies, and a review of natural products that can help create beautiful, healthy turf. For more Information >>>...

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Volunteer for FFA Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Here is an opportunity to earn Volunteer Hours and help out one of our most loyal partners, Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences . Ms Lucille Shaw, CHSAS, has requested that we help with judging at this FFA Fair where CHSAS students will be competing. You would have some orientation before beginning the judging. You may...

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Master Gardener Europe Tour

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Join University of Illinois Master Gardener Coordinator Monica David for a relaxing tour of the tulips and the springtime gardens of Holland, Belgium, Austria and Germany from May 3-14, 2009. The group will also visit some of the historical highlights of these four lovely countries. Registration is open to anyone with an interest in gardens, with preference given to Illinois Master Gardeners....

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No September Monthly Meeting

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Master Gardeners, We will not have a monthly meeting in September. The County Fair at Garfield Park Conservatory is our big September event. So have dinner at home on September 30 and we will see you on Tuesday, October 28 for our annual Honors Night meeting. Elizabeth ebruhns@uiuc.edu...

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County Fair Needs Volunteers

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We are still in need of many volunteers for the County Fair, which is this Saturday September 20 th , if you are free and interested in helping out please let Harmony Picciuca know. The Garfield Park Conservatory's 8 th Annual County Fair Saturday September 20 th This is the big eve...

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Job Announcement: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum JOB ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION TITLE : Outdoor Exhibit Manager REPORTS TO : Vice President of Exhibits & Strategic Initiatives DEPARTMENT : Exhibits DATE : 8-18-08 JOB SUMMARY: The Out...

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Overwintering Flowering Bulbs

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When summer draws to a close and it's time to say goodbye to summer flowering 'bulbs' such as cannas, gladiolus, dahlia and tuberose begonia, why not consider giving them a reprieve and store the underground parts (tubers and corms, rhizomes) over the winter so you can include them back into the garden next year, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Because thes...

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