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Free Plants for Community Gardens

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Please let Master Gardeners know about these free plants: The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory have limited supplies of the following herbs and vegetables that we would like to donate to community gardens that Master Gardeners are volunteering at:

Red Leaf Amaranthus Lettuce

'Bulls Blood'Beets

Golden Chard

Rhubarb Chard

Red Giant Mustard

Red Komasuma Asian Greens (great for a border)

Delicias Pepper – HOT

Hungarian Wax Pepper – HOT

Hungarian Paprika Pepper – MILD

Black Pearl Pepper - HOT

Chilly Chili Pepper – MILD

Poblano/Ancho Pepper

German Chamomile

Roman Chamomile

Tenderheart Cardoon

Porto Cardoon

Florence Fennel

Bronze Fennel


Elfin Tomato (cherry tomato)

Sprite Tomato (grape tomato)

Thai Basil


Summer Savory

Salad Burnet

Laurel Trees (bay)

Sour gherkin (Melothria scabra)

Please contact Jackie Paine at 708-725-2460 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday to make an appointment to pick up these plants. Master Gardens can pick up these plants at the Oak Park Conservatory at 615 Garfield Street in Oak Park. For directions, check out our website at: The plants are in flats and will be given away on a first come, first served basis and quantities vary. All plants must be picked up by Thursday, June 19.

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