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Free Annuals for Community Groups

Posted by Ron Wolford -

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 17
  • Annuals - Saturday, June 28
  • Great Perennial Divide - Saturday, September 27
  • Bulbs - Saturday, October 25

Registration forms are available approximately six weeks prior to the event, and will appear as a PDF file below. The distribution locations for seeds, annuals, and bulbs are:

  • North -- North Park Village Nature Center: 5801 N. Pulaski (4000 West)
  • Central -- Chicago Center for Green Technology: 445 N. Sacramento (3000 West)
  • South -- St. Ailbe's Church: 9100 S. Stoney Island (1600 East)

The distribution locations for the Great Perennial Divide are:

  • North -- North Park Village Nature Center: 5801 N. Pulaski (4000 West)
  • Central -- Garfield Park Conservatory: 300 N. Central Park (3600 West)
  • South -- St. Ailbe's Church: 9100 S. Stoney Island (1600 East)

The vegetable distribution day takes place at only one location:

  • Chicago Center for Green Technology: 445 N. Sacramento (3000 West)

To be eligible for these give-away events, a community group must (a) plant all Greencorps-donated materials in a public space (b) complete a registration form (separate for each event) and (c) have a completed certification form and attachments on file with Greencorps Chicago. Planting on residential property is not permitted (exception: individual gardeners may participate in the Great Perennial Divide if they donate plants).

Annual Registration Form 2008 (168.67 KB)


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