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Chicago Master Gardener

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

2006 Master Gardener Graduation

Posted by Ron Wolford -

What a wonderful evening! It was so impressive to hear about all of the volunteer work you have done for the University of Illinois Extension while making Chicago a more beautiful place. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for being such good sports about the mistake on the certificates. We are correcting the error as I write. The corrected certificates will be in the mail by 4:0...

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Songs of Insects

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I was on the WGN radio web site checking out the latest happenings on Mike Nowak's Let's Talk Gardening Show and on his latest show he mentioned a book he received, The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Hershberger...

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Garden Voices Web Site

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I was tooling around the web today and found this excellent site called Garden Voices . Garden Voices is a daily collection of clippings from gardening blogs and web sites from around the world....

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Master Gardener Field Trip

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Thursday, June 28 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. 7:45 a.m. - Depart Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park , Chicago (Check-in 7:30am) 8:00 a.m. - Pickup Blockbuster Video, North Parking Lot...

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Master Gardener Digital Image Contest

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Have you always enjoyed taking photographs of your garden creations? Do you like to take pictures of your prized flowers, fruits or vegetables? If so, here is your chance to showcase your gardening talents through photography. Get your cameras clicking and enter the "Master Gardener Digital Image Contest" for the Illinois State Master Gardener Conference for 2007. There are Fou...

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AG School Plant Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Ecology Club of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is hosting a plant sale. Details below: Where: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences -...

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Help Document Cicada Emergence

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners I need your help documenting the upcoming cicada emergence for my Chicago Cicada Central Blog . Please email me pictures of any emerging cicadas with a notation about where ex-under maple tree in backyard. Note your...

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Complete Plant Clinic Duty

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Active Master Gardeners need to do one Plant Clinic session each year to remain an "active MG". 2007 Interns need to complete two sessions to graduate. Plant Clinic obligations may be fulfilled at Garfield Park Conservatory on weekends, at the Ag School Extension Help Desk during the week and at "Ask a Master Gardener" tables at fairs and Farmers' Markets. Here are the open dat...

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Job Opportunity: Bloomingdale Trail

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail (FBT) is a grassroots organization advocating for the conversion of the unused Bloomingdale freight railroad into a multi-use, elevated linear park. Over the next several years, FBT will actively fundraise, communicate and organize communities in support of this dynamic project. Working closely with our Executive Committee, this new staff person will enable our...

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Rain Garden for Homeowner's Program

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The City of Chicago announces the 2007 Rain Garden for Homeowner's Program. Help keep Chicago clean and green! This summer Chicago residents have an opportunity to learn how to create a rain garden and to receive rain garden plants at significantly discounted prices through a pilot Rain Garden Assistance Program, supported by the...

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Enter Garden Club Flower Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardener Buddies! Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest's Flower Show is June 1, 2 and 3rd! We will have classes for all your spring garden plants (Iris, Peony, Hosta, etc.!!) and potted houseplants! (Show is at Oak Park Conservatory : contact Bob Haisman for...

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Volunteer Opportunity at Eckhart Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

When: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19 Where: Eckhart Park ,...

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Volunteer Opportunity at Dixon School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We will be doing a variety of programming at Dixon Elementary next week. We will work in the garden and greenhouse, plant some EarthBoxes, show off the insect petting zoo and harvest worm castings. If you would like to assist please contact Nancy Kreith at 773-233-0476 or by email at nkreith@gmail.com . Details below: When:...

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Class of 2006 Graduation

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Our May monthly meeting is Graduation for the Class of 2006 . Everyone is welcome. Susan Grupp, Dupage County Horticulture Educator and Master Gardner Coordinator Chairperson for the Northeast Region of Illinois will be on hand to congratulate the graduates. 6:30 p.m.- Dinner 7:00 p.m.- Graduation program If you will be attending, make yo...

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Tribune's Glorious Gardens Contest

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Chicago Tribune is inviting local gardeners to send photographs of their gardens for the 11th annual Glorious Gardens Contest. The judging will be conducted by four judges who will review digital images of the gardens. I know a lot of our Master Gardeners have spectacular gardens. So take a look at the...

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Garden Workday at North Kenwood Oakland School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Weare having a garden workday at North Kenwood Oakland School . We will be harvesting worm compost, preparing beds, planting herbs, flowers and veggies. We will be working with four classrooms - K - 5th. When: Wednesday, May 16,2007 Wh...

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May 2007 Bonsai Exhibit

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Presented by Midwest Bonsai Society: May 19 -20. Chicago Botanic Garden 100 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL For program costs and registration contact:...

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Master Gardeners at Ag School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The weather has warmed up this week and with a dash of rain weeds are popping up in our demo gardens at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences . Creeping charlie continues to be our number one weed problem. Two of our perennial beds were carpeted with the wee...

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Complete Horticulture Degree in Chicago

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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), in partnership with the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the Office of Continuing Education (OCE), now offers an innovative bachelor's degree completion program in horticulture for working professionals and community college students in the Chicago area. If you have thought about getti...

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Check out Master Gardener's Blogs

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Gloria is a Chicago Master Gardener volunteer at the Lurie Gardens. She has a great blog called Pollinators-Welcome Blog -A Weblog to Record the Development of a Wildlife Friendly Garden at http://pollinators-welcome.blogspot.com/ . Check out her latest pictures of the bulbs in the Lurie garden. Beth Botts who works f...

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Garfield Park Tulip Bulb Giveaway

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance presents... Our 3 rd Annual Tulip Bulb Giveaway Volunteer to assist with bagging the tulip bulbs and be able to take home a personal bag of tulips. Monday, May 14-Friday, May 18 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave Chic...

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Master Composter Opportunity

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What: Worm Composting Demo and General Talk on the Master Composter(MC) Program and your experience as a Master Composter. When: Sunday, June 3, 2007 Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. (Worm demo and talk from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Where: Hyde Park Co-op Market - 1526 East 55th Street This is a part of the M...

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4-H Fair Master Gardeners Needed

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Hello Master Gardeners, The University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth educators are hosting a 4-H Fair (5/17) and Community Fair (5/19). We would like to have six Master Gardeners at each event. So we need twelve Master Gardeners total. During each event, our table will host the following activities: worm composting, insect pett...

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Garfield Park Conservatory Composting Series

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Composters, The Garfield Park Conservatory (GPC)Compost Series is starting up once again on Saturdays in the demo garden of GPC. We kicked off our first demo at the Green and Growing Fair last Saturday. A special thanks to all that came out and helped: Carol Kolen, Heather Burton, Ruth Melulis and Ella Russell . Thank you! For the Compost Series, w...

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Ask A Master Gardener Table

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We need two Master Gardners to do an ASK A MASTER GARDENER TABLE for some beginning, but enthuastic gardeners. We will load you up with lots of handouts and Extension materials. New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church will provide the tables, chairs and a warm welcome. This is their first gardening event ever. So put on your Master Ga...

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