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

Eco-Chicago Garden Needs Volunteers

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello, Master Gardeners! This is Mike Nowak, fellow Chicago Master Gardener and host of WGN Radio's "Let's Talk Gardening." While Elizabeth has already sent you information about "Garden in a City," you might not know about "Eco-Chicago," one of the participants. We are a unique partnership of more than a dozen green industry professionals and organizations, including The Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, Midwest Groundcovers, Northwind Perennials, Terry Guen Design Associates, J. Siegel Designs, The Care of Trees, archi-treasures and more.

We have created three gardens for the show: a front yard, a back yard and a rooftop. Our exhibits are all about sustainable choices home owners can make about their properties that are good for the environment and look good, too, including compost bins, rain gardens, recycled materials and more.

We need volunteers to do interpretive work during the show. You will explain plant material and design elements to show visitors. However, it isn't necessary to know about all of the garden elements beforehand. We will have training for volunteers on May 3rd at Chicago Center for Green Technology 445 N Sacramento Blvd Chicago from 9am-11am. It isn't brain surgery; in fact, it should be fun. Teachers will be Christine Nye, Shedd Aquarium horticulturist; Shawn Kingzette from The Care of Trees; and Julie Siegel from J. Siegel Designs, Inc. And, of course, you will receive Master Gardener hours for your work.

If you're interested in signing up with us, please contact me at The times we need people are listed below.

If you don't want to volunteer, please know that I am speaking at the Master Gardener graduation ceremony next month and you will be singled out and berated in front of your fellow Master Gardeners. (Okay, I made that part up.)

Thanks for all that you folks do. MGs rule!

SatMay 13 -10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

Sun May 14- 10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

Mon May 15- 10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

Tue May 16- 10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

Wed May 17- 10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

Thur May 18- 10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

Fri May 19 -10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

Sat May 20 -10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

Sun May 21- 10am-3pm 3pm-8pm

One volunteer per spot will probably be adequate, but we do have three exhibits to cover, so we need three volunteers for each time slot .We will have a Front Yard, a Back Yard and a Green Roof to interpret.

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