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Chicago Master Gardener

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

City of Chicago Rain Barrel Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

You can purchase a highly discounted retrofitted rain barrel for $20.00 from the City of Chicago for a limited time. To reserve a rain barrel, please send an email to rainbarrel@cityofchicago.org or leave a voice message at (312-743-WATER) and include your full name, house address including zip, em...

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Find Art in Our Gardens Garden Walk

Posted by Ron Wolford -

"Find Art in Our Gardens" gives Chicago a chance to celebrate nature and art before the summer ends. "Find Art in Our Gardens" is a combined garden walk and art exhibit featuring over 150 public parkways and 20 backyard gardens. Thirty-five local painters, sculptors and textile artists will display their artwork in gardens, parkways and backyards. Co...

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Lincoln Square Neighborhood Garden Walk and Green Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Come to the second annual Lincoln Square Garden Walk and Green Fair on August 5, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friendly fun all day long in the Lincoln Square Neighborhood at Lincoln and Giddings, in Giddings Plaza (4700 N, 2300 W) on the north side of the city....

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July Master Gardener Meeeting Notes

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Our thanks to Nancy Kreith who filled in as our speaker. Great, interesting information, Nancy, Nice job! Twenty five Master Gardeners attended the meeting. We discussed the following items: Meeting Location The consensus of the group is to keep the site of the regular monthly meetings at Garfield Park Conservatory. The reasoni...

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Special Project at Eli Whitney School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

If some of your favorite garden tools are wheelbarrows and shovels, come help Nancy Kreith put the basic garden design on a site at Eli Whitney School, 2815 South Komensky Avenue, July 24, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Snacks and tools provided. Contact Nancy Kreith at 773-233-0476 kreith@uiuc.edu or Elizabeth Bru...

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2nd Annual Chicago Home Composting Bin Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Volunteer for the 2 nd Annual Chicago Home Composting Compost Bin Sale on Saturday, August 19, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the following locations: North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 West 111 th Street. Master Gardeners will be assis...

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Master Gardener Docent Program at Garfield Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

This might be a one-time event, or it may be the beginning of a Master Gardener docent program at Garfield Park. If we have as much fun as I think we will, we may want to continue! One of our own Master Gardeners, Dr. Len Boral, has requested tours of the Conservatory for members of the Cook County Hospital Medical Staff before their annual dinner on Sunday, September 10....

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Common Threads Garden Volunteer Day

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Join Common Threads for a Garden Volunteer Day on July 22, 9 a. m. to noon at the Common Threads Garden in Kenwood Community Park, 1330 East 50th Street. For more information contact Jason Pruitt, Common Threads Coordinator at jason@ourcommonthreads.org or call 312.752.2690....

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Volunteer Needed for Horticulture Class

Posted by Ron Wolford -

One volunteer is needed to assist Koch Unni who will be teaching an "Introduction to Horticulture" class for Columbia College students at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The class will be held every Thursday starting September 5th and ending December 16th (excluding Thanksgiving). The class takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., but the volunteer would need t...

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Lincoln Square Garden Walk and Green Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Fellow Master Gardeners, Please come support us . . . and, oh yes, help! For the Second Annual Lincoln Square Garden Walk and Green Fair on Aug. 5th from 10am-5: 30 p.m. (All proceeds go to the Greening of Ravenswood.) I (Nancy Benjamin, '06 class) need help just the day of the Walk and G...

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Thank You Lurie Garden Master Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Melanie Scott, Tour Guide Coordinator for the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park would like to thank Master Gardeners for assisting with tours of the garden in June....

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Thank You Kilbourn Park Master Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Kirsten Akre sends her thanks to the following Master Gardeners who have helped at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse and Garden. She also wants to thank Master Gardeners who assisted her at the Plant Sale. Garden Volunteers Susan Pedroma Judy Escallier Denise Handwerker Kathy Maskoll Pat Garber Amy Bra...

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Ag School Plant Clinic

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners are needed for the Ag School Plant Clinic. We are averaging 10-15 gardening calls a day, plus a few walk-ins. Master Gardeners are needed Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or we can work around your schedule. Please call Nancy at 773-233-0476 or email her at kreith@uiuc.edu if interested....

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