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The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

2008 GreenNet Green and Growing Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

What: 2008 GreenNet Green and Growing Fair

When: April 26, 2008 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory – 300 North Central Park, Chicago 60624

Cost: FREE Admission – Open to All

Come one; come all to this extraordinary spring event! We have an outstanding line-up for GreenNet's 16th Annual Green and Growing Fair, including the launch of ONE SEED CHICAGO.

As One Book; One Chicago is to reading, One Seed Chicago is to urban greening. With this new program GreenNet invites you to Grow Together. This year's seed is the Sunflower. Imagine thousands of these versatile plants linking together community gardens across the City! Pick up your free seed packet at the Fair, at events throughout the summer or by sending your name and address to

This year the Fair will feature several performing artists. Enjoy down home local musicians while eating lunch at the Green Cafe. While roaming through the Conservatory, you'll enjoy a sneak preview of Walkabout Theater's forthcoming play, "War Garden: An Experiment in Patriotic Agriculture." The show, which is co-produced by NeighborSpace, and this summer will be performed directly in community gardens throughout the City, is a comedic exploration of Chicago's wildly popular war garden movement of WWI (victory gardens in WWII).

Get first dibs! Buy the season's first spring vegetables and seedlings as well as seeds, worm compost and other gardening materials and supplies from local growers and vendors. Vendors will also be selling local crafts such as painted pots, notepaper & jewelry (just in time for Mother's Day!)

Enjoy these demonstrations, activities and more:

Square foot gardening

Basics of composting

Rot Pot seed starting

Home-made solar ovens

LOW COST Tool sharpening by the CHICAGO Botanic Garden's Green Youth Farmers

Community Garden Poster Session – Meet Chicago Garden Leaders

$5.00 Classes on Native Landscaping & Basic Composting

OUR Popular silent auction of garden related items

And….. the launch of ONE SEED CHICAGO: 2008 Sunflower - Come to the Fair to pick up your free seed packet

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