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Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Come and lend a hand at the Chicago Park District's only organic greenhouse located at 3501 N. Kilbourn in Kilbourn Park! (Just south of Addison between Milwaukee and Cicero.). Kirsten Akre is managing the programming and gardens of the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse. Kirsten has 6 years experience as the Demonstration Garden Coordinator at Garfield Park Conservatory and 5 years with the Resource Center. Learn more about volunteer opportunities, the gardens, and meet some of our dedicated volunteers at one of our open houses. Our next open house will be on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This summer, volunteers will be working at Kilbourn Park to renovate the children's garden, create an allotment style community space and support other greenhouse and garden needs. In addition, if your neighborhood park is in the Chicago Park District's North Region, let us know! There are over 50 parks, some with over 5 flower gardens or more. With a crew of three it is hard to give them all the attention they deserve. Perhaps you can join the crew for a workday in your park, or help us when we are not there

There is the potential to have a large allotment style garden at Kilbourn Park and I am looking for a few dedicated individuals to help make this a reality! If you are interested in dedicating at least 1½ hours or more per week to the greenhouse and would like a plot of land to garden organically, this might be the right fit! I am looking for 10 volunteers to work with me in developing the design, create guidelines, establish watering systems etc. This is not an option for someone just wanting to garden, we need a few dedicated individuals who want to see more allotment style gardens in the City of Chicago.

Volunteer times at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse:

Wednesdays 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Saturdays 9 p.m.-Noon

For other weekday times, please e-mail or call with your preferred times to see if it works with our schedules. Generally Wednesday and Thursday afternoons are good.

Contact Information:

Greenhouse phone: 773-685-3359

e-mail: or soon to be working

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