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Chicago Master Gardener

A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.
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Organic Gardening Day in Urbana, IL

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Organic gardening experts from around the country will present at the University of Illinois Extension 2007 Organic Gardening Day slated for Saturday, November 10, from 8:00 am through 4:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center ,...

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Continuing Education Opportunity at Oak Park Conservatory

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Date : Oct. 6, 2007 Time : 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Place: Oak Park Conservatory operations and outdoors, weather permitting (...

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Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Do you still need to meet your "Plant Clinic" requirement? Would you like be part of the exciting Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo? What: Ask a Master Gardener Table Where: Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo...

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Last Chance for Master Composter Training

Posted by Ron Wolford -

This is a reminder that applications for the 2007 Master Composter training are due September 24. Please note that we will need at least 20 participants in order to run the program. If we do not receive enough applications the class will be canceled. Please spread the word. You can apply online at http://...

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Dates for Master School Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Three Master Gardeners attended our Master School Gardening training on Monday, Setpember 17 and will be joining our group. Welcome to John Hachtel, Ella Russell and Melanie Scott. Everyone, please mark your calendars with these important dates: Using Cool Weather Crops Class Matt Kostelnick Thursday, September...

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Naturally Healthy Children's Expo

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Do you still need to earn some volunteer hours? Here is a great opportunity. Even if you have not had worm composting training, you will be supplied with enough background information to handle this information table easily. Hello Master Gardeners, We will be participating in the Naturally Healthy Children's Expo (NHCE) held...

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Class Reminder for Master School Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hi Master School Gardeners, I will be finishing up my instruction on Cool Season Crops on Thursday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 pm at the UIUC Extension office, 3rd floor, 300 North Elizabeth Street. For those of you unable to attend the first session on cool season crops, please plan to arrive by 6:00 p.m., s...

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State Master Gardener Conference Report

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Roger Swain , of the television show Victory Gardens fame, was the opening speaker for the 2007 Master Gardener State Conference held in Springfield on September 6-8. He set the tone for two days of excellent educational speakers and workshops enjoyed b...

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Science in the City 2007

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Please join us in encouraging students to become young scientists.This coming October, there will be four opportunities for you to volunteer your time and educate children. Extension will be providing it's infamous Insect Petting Zoo , as well as, an Informational Table . Please set some time aside and join us to show off these incredible creatures. If interested...

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Community Garden Needs Assistance

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, We received a request for Master Gardener assistance in a community garden. This is a fairly new garden we have been working with for the past year. The duties would be planting perennials. We are donating some perennial transplants and June will be picking up perennials from the Great Perennial Divide that day. If interested please contact June Bethely directly....

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Volunteer at the Chicago Center for Green Technology Green Roof

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Volunteer at the Chicago Center for Green Technology! Green Roof Planting and Maintenance Day Saturday, September 29 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn about roof gardens, maintenance, and green roof...

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Master School Gardener Training

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning, new Master School Gardener applicants, Matt, Jamie and I look forward to working with you during the coming year. Here are a few details for Monday evening, September 17. The Extension office is on the third floor of the converted loft office building at...

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The Great Perennial Divide

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Friends, The Great Perennial Divide is coming up September 29 th and we need your help in a big way. We are looking for volunteers to help sort and distribute plants to Chicago's community gardens for this year. The two days prior to Great Perennial Divide, September 27 th and 28 th , volunteers are needed to help receive and group plants. The day of...

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Volunteer at Today's Christian Women's Expo

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Still looking for volunteer hours as the growing season winds down? Still looking for a way to fulfill your "one Plant Clinic" obligation? Here is the opportunity for you. What: 'Ask a Master Gardener Table" Where: Today's Christian Women's Expo Parrish Hall Shiloh Church...

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Volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning, Master Gardeners, We have a new partnership with Lincoln Park Zoo this year with their Edible Garden in the Farm in the Zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo Edible Garden is a high profile volunteer opportunity for us. They have high public traffic and they give us full cred...

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How to Remain an Active Master Gardener

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning, Master Gardeners. It is time for you to indicate your intentions with an Annual Agreement again. If your wish to stay on the rolls as an Active Cook/County Master Gardener, these are the three easy steps: STEP ONE. Make sure that your name is entered on the NE Region Database by entering some/all of your current Volunteer Hours and Continuing Education hou...

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Enter Harvest Competition at Garfield Park County Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Attention All Gardeners! You are invited to participate in this year's New and Improved Harvest Competition at the Garfield Park Conservatory's County Fair Saturday - September 15 Here are the categories this year: 1 . Produce Patch a. Special Specimen – single herb, fruit or vegetable (fr...

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Designing Tomorrow's Landscape Today Symposium

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What does sustainability mean to you? How do you reflect sustainability in your landscape designs?How can we use the power of design to lead the green industry into greener installations and practices?With the current public focus on green issues, our clients are asking questions about sustainable landscapes. How are you responding?How do you see the issues and are you ahead of...

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Cook County Jail Garden Harvest Festival

Posted by Ron Wolford -

All Master Gardeners are welcome to join us at the Cook County Jail Garden Harvest Fest. What: Jail Harvest Fest - Visit the garden and meet the gentlemen behind the project. When: Friday, Sept. 14, 2007 Time: 10 a.m. - 12 noon...

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McCormick Boys and Girls Club Garden Needs Help

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners, We would like to request the help of one to two Master Gardeners. Myself and our summer help have been providing weekly programming at the McCormick Boys and Girls Club . With our summer help gone it is difficult for me to get upnorthonce per week. I am writing to check if there is a MG in the area that would like to work with th...

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