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Chicago Master Gardener

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

Extension Holiday Websites

Posted by Ron Wolford -

As the holidays approach, many families will be faced with at least two horticulture-related challenges--how to select a Christmas tree and what to do with the gift poinsettia plant. "Information on both topics is readily available on two University of Illinois Extension websites," said Jane Scherer, U of I Extension urban programs specialist and director of its websites....

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Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving: Chicago Master Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Nancy, Kate, Sue, Julie, Araceli and I want to wish all Chicago Master Gardeners a happy Thanksgiving. It has been our pleasure to work with one of the most giving groups of people in Chicago. Through your greening efforts in 2008, Chicago Master Gardeners contributed over 18,000 hours of volunteer time to make Chicago neighborhoods better places to live. Happy Thanksgiving,...

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Cont. Ed. Op.-Midwest Gardening Symposium-Morton Arboretum

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Morton Arboretum's Sustainable with Style Midwest Gardening Symposium on March 13-15 at the Thornhill Education Center will help you build a beautiful landscape garden using environmentally friendly methods. Learn to use green solutions in stylish ways. An Eco-gorgeous garden—b...

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Cont. Ed. Op.-January Monthly Meeting-How to Use U of I Pest Guide

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Just a note to let you know that Nancy Pollard, Horticulture Educator will be speaking at the next Master Gardener monthly meeting on January 27 at Garfield Park Conservatory. Nancy will be explaining how to more efficiently and accurately use the University of Illinois Home, Yard and Garden Pest Guide . This is our premier source for...

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Vol. OP. Broadcast Prairie Seed-Barrington Hills

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Spring Creek Stewards are calling for major help in broadcasting more than $40,000 of rare prairie seed this Saturday, November 22. All day, during two planting sessions, we will seed 160 acres in one day. The 160 acres will be an important habitat for grassland wildlife when the plants mature. The planting area is part of the...

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Volunteer OP-MSI-Holiday Decorations

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners and Others: We are looking for people to help children assemble holiday decorations made from recycled and natural materials (such as Queen-Anne's-Lace) at the University of Illinois Extension table during the Museum of Science and Industry's winter A Home for All Seasons event. This event is on December 13 from 9:00 a.m...

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Master Gardener Imagine Newsletters

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Chicago Master Gardeners, Just a note to remind you that the Master Gardener Imagine newsletters: Illinois Master Gardeners' Information, News and Education are available online at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/ mg/imagine/default.cfm...

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Upcoming Volunteer OPS: Chicago Flower Show and Macy's Flower Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Chicago Master Gardeners, Just a note to give you a heads up on a couple of upcoming volunteer opportunities. Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier: March 7-15, 2009 I have been talking with a flower show coordinator about Master Gardener participation at the Flower S...

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Volunteer Opportunity-Pacific Garden Mission -Organic Greenhouse

Posted by Ron Wolford -

One of our recent Master Gardener interns (thanks Mike!) mentioned a good red-wiggler resource that exists right here in our city, and that you can pick up within a week of ordering. The Pacific Garden Mission (PGM) recently moved from a downtown location to their new facility on...

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Volunteer Opportunity-Family Farmed.org Expo-November 21, 22, 23

Posted by Ron Wolford -

This is an exciting opportunity for you (and a friend) to meet your local farmers and to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a long list of items, just before Thanksgiving! Now you ask yourself, "How am I going to do that? What will it cost?" Here's how it works! You and a friend volunteer for the Fami...

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Continuing Education Opportunity-Prep for Chicago Flower Show-Wicker Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

REGISTER-Free Workshop-Limit 40 - wpgarden@aol.com Greening Lectures - See www.wpgarden.org Hello Chicagoland Gardeners and Community Gardens in the Parks Coordinators, A special work...

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Kids Gardening

FYI: Youth Gardening Grants

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Each year, Mantis presents the Mantis Awards for charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. NGA selects 25 outstanding applicants to receive Mantis tiller/cultivators. Any nonprofit garden program may apply. In the past, winners have included sc...

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FYI: Tree-Lined Streets Cut Asthma

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Columbia University researchers found that asthma rates among children aged four and five fell by 25% for every extra 343...

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FYI: GardenRant Blog

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Just to note to let you know about one of my favorite gardening blogs: GardenRant . It is writ...

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Chicago Master Gardener on HGTV

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Just a note to let you know that former Chicago Master Gardener William Moss is working with HGTV to develop a gardening show that will air in the spring of 2...

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Kids Gardening

Vol. OP: School Worm and Plant Programs

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners and Master Composters! Happy Extended Fall! I hope some Master Gardeners and Master Composters have the time on one of these three dates to assist with these youth projects. Master Gardeners Wednesday, November 12th 4 p.m.-6:15 p.m....

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Cont. ED. Chicago Wilderness Congress 2008

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good afternoon Master Gardeners, Online registration for the Chicago Wilderness Congress closes tomorrow. Reminder: Online registration at...

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VOL. OP. CHAS Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners! Fall is here and it is time to put the Extension garden at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at...

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Welcome Sue Gasper

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We want to welcome Sue Gasper to our staff. Sue's main responsibility will be to coordinate our efforts at the Smart Home Garden. Her official title is Academic Hourly: Environmental Programs. Sue is a native of the Chicago area. She grew up in south suburban Harvey and attended Loyola University where she obtained a BS in Chemistry. In the fall of 1992, Sue started graduate...

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GreenNet Community Greener Annual Harvest Potluck

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners, Please be reminded of the following GreenNet event. It should be a great time, so bring your family and friends. Saturday, November 8, 2008 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garfield Park Conservatory Community Room 300 North Central Park Avenue Potluck Agend...

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Cont. ED: Adapting to Climatic Change

Posted by Ron Wolford -

RSVP - $8 LIMITED SEATING - wpgarden@aol.com View the Entire Series at www.wpgarden.org Monday, November 10 - 7-8:30 PM - Wicker Park Field House - 1425 N. Damen Ave, Chicago Adapting to Climatic Change...

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Master Gardener's Honors Night and Elizabeth Memorial

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, We will be hosting the Third Annual Master Gardener's Honors Night on November 18 in the Jensen Room at GPC. The agenda will remain the same as before, except we will save some time for Master Gardeners to share stories about Elizabeth. This will give Master Gardeners who could not make it to Oak Park on October 29 a chance to reminisce. See details below. Thir...

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Schwab Rehab Hospital Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners, Schwab Rehab Rooftop Garden is looking for a few volunteers to help them put the rooftop garden to bed. The weather looks great for the week of November 9. Plus Schwab is an awesome place to work with an outstanding view of downtown. David Rahija will be available to guide you through the g...

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Modern Beekeeping: Its Challenges & Opportunities

Posted by Ron Wolford -

A Public Conversation Saturday, November 15 Hours: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Community Room of the Garfield Park Conservatory Cost: $10.00, plus potluck dish! Registration: Space is limited. To register or for updated information, please e-mail rcline@garfi...

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Urban Farming Solutions Presentation

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dean's Forum: Urban Farming Solutions A presentation by: Dickson Despommier , PhD Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University...

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