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Chicago Master Gardener

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

Become a Certified Master Composter

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Training Workshops Saturdays, July 8, July 15, and July 22, 2006, 9:00 am -3:30 pm. All classes will be held at Garfield Park Conservatory Learn the art and science of urban home composting and techniques for teaching others. This hands-on intensive 15 hour training program held at Garfield Park Conservatory includes the essentials of basic and...

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City in a Garden Contest

Posted by Ron Wolford -

TO ENTER : No purchase necessary. Enter in one of two ways: 1) go to www.wgntv.com , click on the "City in a Garden" logo and follow the instructions to (a) complete the online entry form, (b) submit your 100-words-or-less original essay describing how your garden has a positive or beautifying effect on the neighborhood where it is locat...

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Mayor Daley's Landscape Awards Program

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Our city's motto, "Urbs in Horto," translates to City in a Garden. Throughout Chicago's 167-year history, the people of this city have treasured the many green spaces that enrich life and help soften urban edges, reduce noise and stress, create quiet places for reflection, provide opportunities for positive social interaction and increase property values. The 50th Annual Mayor'...

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Thank You! Ag School Plant Clinic Master Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Nancy Kreith, University of Illinois Horticulture Cooordinator would like to thank Master Gardeners Loretta Koperdak, Ann Marie Pianka, Gerri Gates, Nathan Renie, Charles Malatesta, Neil Smith, Rita Prichett, Ernestina Meza and Carla Burton for manning the Ag School Plant Clinic during May and June. A special thanks goes out to Ellen Garza who volunteered five...

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Thank You! Garden in the City Master Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners Jennifer Pagan, Loretta Koperdak, Karin Grear, Pat Reis, Will Rutt. Peggy Thoma and Linda Coleman worked with Devin Hill of the Chicago Park District as volunteers for the Garden in the City event from May 13-21. Master Gardeners greeted visitors, answered general questions and assisted in filling out survey forms....

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June Master Gardener Monthly Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Monthly meeting - Tuesday, June 27 Community Room Garfield Park Conservatory 6:30 - Potluck dinner 7:00 - Speaker - Matt Kostelnick-Cook County Extension Educator 8:00 - Nancy Kreith -Announcements Matt Kostelnick is one of our new Cook County Extension Educators. He earned both his B.S. in Hortic...

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Thank You Master Gardeners!

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On June 14, a great crew of Master Gardeners helped Nancy whip our Ag School flower beds into shape. It was Weeds versus Master Gardeners and the Master Gardeners won. Master Gardeners also planted earthboxes in our All America Selections garden. A big Thank You goes out to Master Gardeners Charlot Richards, Barbara Tracy, Helen Charity, Neil Smith, John Hachtel, Donna...

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Thank You Master Gardeners!

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On June 8, Master Gardeners brought our Insect Petting Zoo to Pullman Elementary School at 11311 S Forrestville Avenue. Eighty students got to touch and feel our roaches and millipedes. Each child also potted up a plant to take home. We want to thank Master Gardeners Ellie Piechocki and Marilyn Klein for their assistance. This visit was a homecoming for Ellie who taught at Pull...

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Thank You Master Gardeners!

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On June 6, Master Gardeners helped plant ten earthboxes in the Garfield Park Conservatory Demonstration Garden. We want to thank Master Gardeners Kathy Maskall, Jim Cobb, Junious Turner, Suzie Pagadala and Krista Babbett . Elizabeth Bruhns, Chicago Master Gardener Coordinator and Harmony Piccicua fr...

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View of garden from the roof

Thank You! Cook County Jail Master Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On June 5, the Cook County Sheriff's Garden was planted with over 1,000 flower and vegetable transplants. Vegetables planted included tomatoes, peppers, squash, cabbage, collards, cucumbers and eggplant. We want to thank Master Gardeners Nancy and Mike Block, Cynthia Stepanek and Tom Staniszewski for assisting the...

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Free Summer Home Gardening Classes

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Come to the free Summer Home Gardening classes listed below at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at 3807 West 111 Street or the Chicago South Extension office at 8751 South Greenwood. All classes are held through our telenet system which allows Horticulture staff from across the state to teach the classes. Classes will last 90 minutes with time...

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Juvenile Detention Center Rooftop Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We had to reschedule the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center Rooftop Garden planting at 1100 South Hamilton last week due to rain. We need Master Gardeners to help out this coming Thursday, June 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will be planting ten earthboxes and a few planters with the younger boys unit at the center. Plea...

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Sheffield Garden Walk

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23 at Sheffield and Webster (2200 North and 1000 West), the Sheffield Garden Walk will be held. The following are two volunteer opportunities for the event: Staffing the "Ask a Master Gardener" desk and answering questions about gardening and giving out some Extension handouts. Either or both days, one o...

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Organic Gardening Day 2006

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Organic gardening is gaining favor among people concerned about the quality of their food and lifestyle. Whether you are an experienced organic gardener or a beginner looking for guidance as you start out, the University of Illinois' Organic Gardening Day 2006 will give you plenty to think about as you begin to dre...

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No Flower and Garden Show in 2007

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Tribune Company, sponsor of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show for the last 12 years, has declined to renew its sponsorship. The reason was economic. The Show made a profit, but it was not enough to satisfy Tribune shareholders in times of financial stress. In four years, the Horticulture Competition with...

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Mt. Greenwood Garden Club Garden Walk

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Mt. Greenwood Garden Club's Annual Garden walk will take place on June 25. Tickets are $7.00. Chicago Master Gardener and gardenclub President Nancy Block will be demonstrating how to use earthboxes in the garden. A new stop along the walk this year is a rooftop garden by Unreal Flowers. For more information email Nancy at mtgreenwoodgardenclub...

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Items Needed for Garden Crafts at Brookfield Zoo

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardener Larry Urbaniak who has volunteered at the Brookfield Zoo's Children's garden for a number of years needs some items donated for garden crafts. Here is the list: jewelry, egg cartons, styrofoam trays, shoe boxes, nylons, yarn, ribbon, cardboard rolls from toilet paper, paper towels, gift wrap and yogurt containers. Please bring items to the Monthly Master Gardener meetings or dro...

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Master Gardener Nancy Block Wins Award

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Congrats to Chicago Master Gardener Nancy Block who was chosen Woman of the Year by the 19 th Ward. Nancy has worked diligently on a myriad of community projects in Mt. Greenwood and started the highly successful Mt. Greenwood Garden Club. Nancy and her fellow Master Gardener and husband...

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Master School Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

From Elizabeth Bruhns: On July 25 from 4 -7 p.m. the Green Teacher Network is having a "garden party" (sponsored by People's Energy). This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Green Teachers and our Openlands Teacher Green Net partners. July 25 is also a Master Gardener monthly meeting, so I'll be going here at 4:00 pm and racing over to Garfield Park at 6:00 p.m....

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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Illinois

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The following is a press release from the Illinois Department of Agriculture: Illinois Department of Agriculture activates state response plan to eradicate the exotic pest; urges public to learn the signs of EAB infestation and promptly report suspected cases...

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Larabida Children's Hospital

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are looking for one or two Master Gardeners who can make a weekly commitment to Larabida Children's Hospital at East 65 th Street and Lake Michigan. Larabida is dedicated to serving children with lifelong medical conditions, developmental disabilities and those who have been abused. This is a very needed and rewarding volunteer effort...

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State Master Gardener Convention

Posted by Ron Wolford -

From Elizabeth Bruhns, Chicago Master Gardener Coordinator The Cook County/Chicago Master Gardener Unit is going to make itself known at the State Master Gardener Convention this year! Our application for a state team awardhonoring our efforts at the March Chicago Flower and Garden Show is being put into the mail today. (Cross you fingers).Many thanks to Liz Bo...

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Emerald Ash Borer in Kane County

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The emerald ash borer has been found in Kane County. The borer is about one-half inch long and under bright light is dark green in color. Millions of ash trees in Michigan have been devastated. This pest is a very serious threat to the 178 million ash trees in Illinois. This is a very, very dangerous pest of ash trees," said James Appleby, a professor in the department of natur...

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New Composting for the Homeowner Website

Posted by Ron Wolford -

For the home gardener who wants to know everything about home composting, we have the perfect website – Composting for the Homeowner. Developed by Martha Smith, Extension Educator, Horticulture and Duane Friend, Extension Educator, Natural Resources Management, this site gives an excellent in-depth discussion of the science of composting, why it is important to compost, how to build a com...

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Master Gardeners Needed at Ag School and Greenwood Offices

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Can't make it to Garfield Conservatory Plant Clinic, but have time to volunteer during the week?We have a place for you. It is time to sign-up to staff the Help Desks at the Ag School and at the Greenwood office. It is the growing...

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