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BUGS-Building Urban Gardening Classes

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Urban Gardening enthusiast:

Did you know that you can only enjoy BUGs-Building Urban Gardens-once a year?

Now some of you are probably wondering what we mean when we say "enjoy bugs". Of course, it could also be the last thing on your mind.

However, the kind of BUGs we're talking about is an organic gardening class offered by Openlands only in the spring and only at the Garfield Park Conservatory on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-January 27-March 24.

And, for only $100.00 you can attend 8 Saturday morning classes led by experts in organic, creative and economical gardening techniques. At the end of the series you will have a sustainable garden plan for your real or imaginary garden and be prepared to volunteer in Chicago's Community Gardens. You will become a part of the celebrated network of Greeners in the City.

The first class is this Saturday, January 27,so you will have to hurry to secure your place at the table. You can email Julie Samuels at or just return the registration form as soon as you can. If you have already taken this class, send this along to a friend who is looking for a warm place to spend 8 Saturday mornings this winter.

Hope you can join us.... it's fun, and you will be surprised how your world will "grow" when it has BUGs in it.

Julie Samuels

Community Outreach Coordinator

Openlands Project

25 E. Washington, Suite 1650

Chicago, IL 60602


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