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Chicago Master Gardener

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

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Seeks Community Garden Pics

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is producing a book on community gardening, and we need your help! We are seeking interesting, beautiful photos documenting all aspects of community gardening from North American gardens of all sizes and interests. We can pay a small licensing fee for any photos that we select for publication (plus give you copies of the book when it is printed!). Photos should be...

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Logan Square Historic District House and Garden Walk

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Logan Square Historic District House and Garden Walk Saturday, September 8, 2007 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Starting point : 3024 W. Logan Boulevard (at Whipple Street) L...

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MG Monthly Meeting Notes

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners: Extra notes: If you would like to earn an extra volunteer hour by helping with set-up for the meeting, contact me, please. Also, if you have donations for the Silent Auction at the September MG convention, you may bring them to this meeting and I'll transport them to Springfield for you. Thanks...

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August Monthly Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Are you wondering what to do with all those extra tomatoes and squash your garden has been producing? Here is your answer. Our speaker for our August Monthly Meeting is Drusilla Banks, Extension Specialist, Food Science and Nutrition Programing. Dru will be talking to us about Preserving Your Garden Harvest . A...

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Donations for MG Silent Auction

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Master Gardeners, Last year the Chicago unit donated over $150.00 worth of items to the Silent Auction at the State Master Gardener convention. The money benefits the State Master Gardener Program. If you can donate an item this year, let me know and I will make sure it is transported to Springfield. Garden items; tools, books, decorative pots, garden scul...

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Fall Master Composter Classes

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Please spread this information wide and far. We are opening this year's Master Composter Training to all gardeners. What: University of Illinois Extension Master Composter Training When: Saturdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 2007 Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Chicago H.S. for Agricultural Scienc...

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Cool Season Crops Training for MSG

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Potential Master School Gardeners, I will be finishing up my instruction on Cool Season Crops on Thursday, September 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the UIUC Extension office, 3rd floor, 300 North Elizabeth Street . Please feel...

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Master School Gardener Training

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Potential Master School Gardeners, Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Master School Gardener Training Date set for Monday, September 17, 2007 . The training will start at 6 p.m. and end at about 8:30 p.m. The location is of the training will be:...

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New Perennial Garden Design Website

Posted by Ron Wolford -

A new website Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design developed by Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, has been launched. The site offers gardeners information on site assessment, bed preparation and maintenance, and perennial selection and placement in the garden. A special feature is a garden design with a plant list in the Perennial Placement section. Visit the site at:...

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GPC Volunteers for County Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, This request is from Garfield Park and separate from the Master Garden/UIUC Extension Booth at the County Fair. Of course, we want to help out GPC, but please consider staffing the Master Gardener booth first. Thanks, Elizabeth ebruhns@uiuc.edu Harmony Picciuca <...

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2008 MG Applicants

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Master Gardener applicants, Even though I'm waiting for at least three of your applications to make their way through the internet system, I wanted to give all of you an update on the status of the 2008 classes. Our classes will be meeting at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences ,...

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Continuing Education Opportunity

Posted by Ron Wolford -

HORT 343 Non-Credit Herbaceous Plants I Dates: Mondays, August 27th to December 10th, 2007 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. Non-Credit Fee: $375 (this is a flat fee section for those enrolled for professional development only; course will not appear on transcript)...

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Cook County Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

MASTERGARDENERS: We did an outstanding job with the UIUC Extension display at the Taste of Chicago, and now, it is time to join the fun for the last big event of the summer, the Cook County Fair. What: Cook County Fair Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park When: Satu...

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Volunteer at Viva Chicago Festival

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners, We are in need of 2 - 4 Master Gardeners each day to conduct the Insect Petting Zoo at Viva Chicago . Please contact Nancy Kreith at nkreith@gmail.com or at 773-233-0476 if interested. Details below:...

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Green Machine Compost Bins for Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I just received word that compost bins will be available at the Center for Green Technology (CCGT) tomorrow, Saturday, August 11. The sale will be worked into the Chicago Green Ho...

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Master Composter Needed for Composting Series

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We could still use one Master Composter for the next composting demonstration at Garfield Park Conservatory on August 18. The topic is compost tea. Please let me know if you are interested. ~NK For the Compost Series, we would like to have two Master Composters for each of thedemonstrations. It would be great if you could bring any finished compost or other pro...

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Harvest Fest at Kilbourn Park Greenhouse

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Harvest Fest at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse Saturday, September 8 th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A celebration of the summer garden for the entire family! Activities for the day include garden, cooking, and natural dye demonstrations. The entire family will enjoy a variety of activities from take home crafts, garden stories, and f...

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Register for State Master Gardener Conference

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, still thinking about going to the State Master Gardener Conference? This note from state coordinator, Monica David,will be helpful. Check out the link at the end of her email for registration. Elizabeth ebruhns@uiuc.edu Some important reminders...

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Enter the Grow-Off-Show-Off Garden Contest

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Enter the Grow-Off-Show-Off Garden Contest. First prize is $500.00. The Grow-Off Show-Off is a light-hearted, no-holds-barred talent contest for gardeners who cook, cooks who garden, and other garden-variety foodies. They are looking for fresh, creative entries that communicate the multiple benefits – health, environmental, culinary, and community - of home-grown, home-made foods....

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State MG Conference Hotel Space Update

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners: This is an update on hotel space. You should be sending in your conference reservation and making hotel reservations NOW , if you plan to go. Please let me know if you are so that we can make sure that everyone has transportation....

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Free Perennial Plant Giveaway

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Openlands has been asked to distribute Free Plants on a first come first served basis-Tuesday, August 7th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or until the plants are gone. The plants are dianthus and coreopsis perennials. Directions : The plants will be given away at the north end of the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Avenue, outside th...

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Free Plants from Openlands

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Openlands has received a donation of many plants and I mean many – all of them coming on a truck to the conservatory next week on Tuesday, August 7. I will be giving them out first come first served to any gardener, however, they first have to come off the truck in flats of 6 and I will need help to do that. I will also need help in crowd control when the gates are opened at noon....

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