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

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Mother Nature is Calling, "Get Back to the Earth!" U of I Extension Master Gardener Classes to Begin January of 2008 Do you have an interest in gardening and a willingness to share your knowledge with others? If so, the Master Gardener program is for you! Be a part of the 'greening of Chicago'. Extension's Master Gardener adult volunteer program is vital in bringing hor...

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Master Composter Class at Ag School

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Gloria, a Chicago Master Gardener is taking our Master Composter training this fall at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences . Gloria also has an excellent blog called Pollinators-Welcome - a weblog to record the development of a wildlife friendly garden. Her latest entry has some ex...

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2007 Master Gardener Interns: Things You Need to Know

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Good morning, Interns. What a wonderful group of interns you are! Thirty five of you already have your hours up onto the database. You are active everywhere across the city and out into the suburbs! Very impressive! Here are some things you need to know: Your may enter your Volunteer Hours and Continuing Education Hours as you go along. You will need a total of 60 hours,...

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Bring a Poster for Honors Night

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Good morning, Master Gardeners, Here are some posters we hope to see on October 30. Let me know if your have questions or need help. A Women's Gym - Erica Seltzer American Indian Medicinal Garden- Todd Agosto Beverly Arts Center...

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Posters for Honors Night

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Remember how great the Jensen Room looked last October with all the posters about gardens? This year, we want to do the posters in a slightly different way. Please confine your poster size to 8 1/2" by 11" papers. You may do one or two pages. The reason for this is so after HONORS NIGHT , we will can put these "posters" into a scrapbook for a more permanent rec...

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Volunteer for Creatures of the Night

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It's that time of year again to get out your vampire teeth,as we will once again celebrate the "falloween" season by hosting snakes, owls, and bats here at the Conservatory on Saturday, October 27 th from noon to 3:00pm . This event, called Creatures of the Night , is a fun family event that many of you have helped out with in the past...

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Illinois Master Gardener Program Certifies Professional Volunteers

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They don't call it "Master" Gardener for nothing. Contrary to what some may believe, the Illinois Master Gardener program is not a program for casual garden hobbyists -- it's a knowledge-based horticulture program with a hefty time commitment both for the all-day classes that meet once a week from January to April, as well as the promise to volunteer 30 hours per year after completing the course....

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Great Volunteer Opportunity: Alice Waters: Edible School Yard

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Good morning Master Gardeners, On Saturday, October 6, Alice Waters of the Edible School Yard fame will be visiting the Green City Market and the Lincoln Park Zoo Edible Garden. Ms Waters will visit the garden from 10:30 until 11:20 a.m. Jeanne Pinsof really needs some help for this event. She wo...

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Wanted: Citizen Scientists to Track Wild Bees in Illinois

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Honey bee colonies are in decline in many states, but little is known about their wild cousins, the bumble bees, or, for that matter, honey bees living on their own in the wild without beekeepers. A new initiative from the University of Illinois seeks to build a better record of honey bee and bumble bee abundance and distribution in Illinois by recruiting citizen scientists to report on wild be...

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Master Gardeners Needed at Science Carnivals

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Master Gardeners, We could still use your help with the Insect Petting Zoo on Saturday, October 6 at North Park Village Nature Centeror Saturday, October13 at Kennedy King College. 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...

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