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2007 Green and Growing Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Who: Open to the public, sponsored by GreenNet

What: Green & Growing Fair

When: Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 10 a.m. – 4.p.m.

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory – 300 N. Central Park, Chicago, IL. 60624

University of Illinois Extension invites you to kick off the growing season with the 15th Annual Green & Growing Fair! The fair, sponsored by GreenNet, Chicago's Urban Greening Network, will be April 28, 2007 at the Garfield Park Conservatory - 300 North Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Activities for adults and children will include planting a 'good fortune tree', participating in the Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt and good old-fashioned digging in the dirt.

A silent auction will feature garden tools and outdoor supplies, and vendors will offer unique handmade goods, the latest garden tools and supplies, and of course plants.

A variety of knowledgeable exhibitors, vendors, and urban gardening organizations will be on hand to present new and innovative gardening ideas and share the vast array of gardening resources in Chicago.

And for $5.00, gain a wealth of knowledge by attending lectures entitled Cool Season Crops and In With the New. These 45 minute lectures will teach you how to extend your growing season and discover new garden ideas and new plants available to the public.

On-going, hands on demonstrations include pruning techniques, indoor worm composting, general composting, water gardens, tree identification, container planting, EarthBoxes, solar ovens, and food preservation. And the Green Cafe will be open all day in the Jensen Room for you to take a load off and enjoy great healthy food and live music.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring. Garfield Park Conservatory with its Children's Garden, Demonstration Garden, and Conservatory is an amazing facility. This is an event you won't want to miss.

Admission and parking (in the adjacent lot) are free. The Conservatory is only 10 minutes from downtown and can easily be reached via the Green Line.

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