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Extension Display Garden at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The University of Illinois Extension will again be presenting a garden display at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show to be held March 11-19, 2006 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. We have an area that is 46' X 46' that will be developed into a display titled, "Welcome Home". The general idea is to show how a small property can be developed into an inviting, interesting and welcoming landscape. The area will have a "front yard" and a "backyard" separated by a walkthrough house facade. From the more formal, highly textural front yard, visitors will walk to the back yard consisting of a cutting garden, kitchen garden, patio sitting area surrounded by flowers and color and other elements. Emphasis will be on how to utilize small space and get an inviting, interesting space.

As always Greg Stack will be overseeing this project and is requesting Master Gardener assistance to put the garden display together. Enclosed are several descriptions that pertain to volunteer opportunities for garden set-up and information booth staffing.Please call the Matteson Center with your preferences. Please keep in mind that calls for times will be on a first come first served basis but every effort will be made to accommodate everyone wishing to help.Greg would like to get the assignments filled by the 2nd week of February.

Please call the Matteson Center at 708-720-7520 and tell the secretary where you would like to help out and at what time. Please leave your name, address, and phone number. Thanks again for the help.

Chicago Flower and Garden show
March 6-10 and March 19, 2006

Construction of the garden will begin on Monday, March 6. Outlined below is an approximate work schedule with the type of work to be done along with the number of people needed.

Monday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 7: Setting stone block walls, installing hardscape, filling beds with sand. Could use 5-6 people each day starting about 9 am. Be prepared for lifting and getting dirty. Bring good gloves and work clothes.

Wednesday, March 8: Finish with bed construction, off loading plant material and start setting plants into the garden. Could use 5-6 people starting about 9 am.

Thursday, March 9: Setting plants into the garden. Could use 5-6 people starting about 9 am.

Friday, March 10: Placing signs, finishing last minute details, clean-up. Could use 4-5 people starting about 9am. Garden needs to be completed by 11 am.

Sunday, March 19: Garden tear down. Garden dismantling will start at 6 pm. Dismantling amounts to removing plant material from beds, and getting hardscape and saved plant material back on to truck. Could use 8-10 people.

If you are interested in helping with construction and/or teardown, please call the Matteson Center at 708-720-7520 and tell the secretary which day you would be available to help. Please leave your name, address and phone number.

Chicago Flower and Garden show 2006
March 11-19, 2006

The information table will be located within the garden area. This area will be a place for show visitors to ask horticultural questions, get information about the garden and get other information as it relates to Extension and the Master Gardener program. Two people will be needed to staff the area during each time block. There will be resource material available to help in answering questions.

Show hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sundays: 10am-6pm

We will need two people for each of the following time blocks each day:

Saturdays and Weekdays: March 11,13,14,15,16,17,18


Sundays: March 12 and March 19


All time blocks are for 4 hours except for the late evening weekday hours, which are for 2 hours.

As a volunteer, you will be given free admission to the show. You may come early before your shift or stay late after your shift to enjoy the show. Transportation to the show and parking are at your own expense.

If you would like to help at the information table, please call the Matteson Center at 708-720-7520. Tell the secretary which day and which time block you would like to work. Please leave your name, address and phone number. You will be sent a final work assignment sheet along with other instructions toward the end of February.

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