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Chicago Master Gardener

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

Vermicomposting Symposium: Springfield, Illinois

Posted by Ron Wolford -

February 6, 2006 Northfield Inn and Suites 2006 Vermicomposting Symposium This is the third vermicomposting symposium to be held in Illinois. The comments and requests from past participants have helped shape this year's agenda. The practical side of using vermicomposting in gardening will be offered by a Master Gardener, al...

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Louisiana Master Gardener Hurricane Relief

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The following is a letter from the Louisiana State Master Gardener Coordinator requesting donations to help rebuild the Master Gardener program after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Dear Fellow Master Gardeners, Thirteen of our Louisiana Master Gardener programs, representing 30 parishes (almost half of our state) have been directly impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Five...

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Lurie Garden Tour Volunteer

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The five-acre Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, designed by plantsman, Piet Oudolf, is reviewing applications for volunteers in 2006. Since it's opening in 2004, millions of curious visitors have experienced the garden. In 2006, we will provide these visitors with a series of regularly scheduled garden tours. The guided tours will be offered alternate Sundays from May 14, 2006 through early Octo...

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Master Gardener Help for 2006 Class and Interviews

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We need 2-3 Master Gardeners at each Master Gardener training class to facilitate activities.Classes will be held every Monday, January 23 - April 10,from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. We are also continuing to interview applicants for the 2006 Master Gardener program. Nancy Kreith could use a few Master Gardeners to help with the interviews....

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Master Gardeners on CAN TV

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardener Felix Palacio will appear on the University of Illinois Extension Show on CAN TV 21 on Wednesday, December 21 from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Academic Hourly, Nancy Kreith will be interviewing Felix. Felix has been a Master Gardener for three years. He has volunteered extensively at the Cook...

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Extension Display Garden at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The University of Illinois Extension will again be presenting a garden display at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show to be held March 11-19, 2006 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. We have an area that is 46' X 46' that will be developed into a display titled, "Welcome Home". The general idea is to show how a small property can be developed into an invit...

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Master Gardener Reporting Database

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I attended the Northeast Region's Master Gardener Coordinator's meeting at Countryside today. The major topic for discussion was the new Master Gardener Reporting Database. The database will allow us to keep tack of all kinds of statistics about Master Gardener volunteer projects. This will help us as we do reports for Extension, politicians and other groups Master Gardeners will enter...

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