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

State Master Gardener Convention

Posted by Ron Wolford -

From Elizabeth Bruhns, Chicago Master Gardener Coordinator

The Cook County/Chicago Master Gardener Unit is going to make itself known at the State Master Gardener Convention this year! Our application for a state team awardhonoring our efforts at the March Chicago Flower and Garden Show is being put into the mail today. (Cross you fingers).Many thanks to Liz Bowman for compiling the list of 108 Ambassador Volunteers.

There are two other efforts where we need help for this convention: the container contest and the silent auction.

If you would like to be on the design team for the Chicago Container, please contact me. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, I will be happy to transport it to Moline for you. So contact me about that also. I'm going to make and donate a baby quilt.

Information on these two projects follows:

Its time to "Go Creative" and prepare your unit's entry for the Second Annual Great Container Design Challenge which will be held during the State Master Gardener Conference in September. Last year's entries were terrific & the Master Gardeners in the Northwest Region would like to see even more entries this year. The top 20 containers will be auctioned off by professional auctioneers at the Friday night banquet. So start planning your plant material and container entry. This year we are limiting the size to something that will fit in the back seat of a compact car. The Jo Daviess/Carroll Unit is in charge of the event this year. Please contact Pat Caldwell at: or call 815-244-3205 if you are bringing an entry. For pictures of last years containers visit the website at

Elizabeth Bruhns

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