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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Spring brings a multitude of volunteer opportunities at Garfield Park Conservatory.
Please contact Harmony if you are available and interested in any of the volunteer opportunities listed below.
Garden and Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
300 N. Central Park Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60624
773.638.1766 x 24
Nature Oasis Family Nights
Come on out to one or both nights to help lead fun craft and planting activities. Work with children and parents from our local school partnerships.
These are really fun events to work, as the kids and adults really enjoy the activities.
Thursday March 29, 2007
Thursday April 19, 2007
Thursday May 17, 2007
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
15th Annual Green and Growing Urban Gardening Fair
Saturday April 28th
We need all hands on deck for this very special event. Volunteers are required for set up/tear down, vendor support, children's activities, workshop moderation, garden book sale help, a silent auction, the information table, greeting positions, Green Cafe, music support and much more.
(If you are busy on the 28th, but still want to help out, we have sign-painting/ prep day on Friday, the 27th.)
Thursday April 26th (Green and Growing Fair Volunteer Training 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room)
Friday April 27th (Day before prep and sign Painting Noon-5:00 p.m.)
Saturday April 28th (Day of the Event 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Volunteer Shifts for Saturday the 28th:
7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Set-up
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. First Shift
12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Second Shift
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Break-Down
Weekend Family Fun in Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden
Come on out to help at our popular Family Make-And-Take in Children's Garden. Children's Garden volunteers are asked to commit to at least one month of Saturdays or Sundays, as there is special training required for this position. This position is very fun, please let us know if you are interested. Kelly Katzmann, our family program's facilitator, will contact you with more information.
Starting in April we especially need a volunteer Saturdays from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays in April, May, June, July, August, September, and October
Volunteer Shift Times: (shifts will soon be available for longer stretches during our Niki in the Garden exhibit (from May – October)- shorter shifts are available as well- it just depends on what you are willing to commit to.)
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gardeners at Work in the Demonstration Garden
Help people become better gardeners by letting visitors know what the Demonstration Garden is, what the gardener's are doing, and give resources on how to be successful at urban gardening. Each week has a scheduled gardening focus starting in May. (See below.) We will need volunteers to man the resource table as well as work in the demonstration garden.
March-April-Gardeners at Work volunteers are needed to help with transplanting our organic seedlings in greenhouse one and spring clean-up and vegetable bed prep in the demonstration garden.
Thursdays evenings and Tuesday and Saturday mornings-May-October
Thursday Evenings form 5:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.
Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-Noon
(Topics scheduled so far are as follows-)
May 3rd and 5th
Garden Focus Area: Planting Early Season Vegetables
In early May, there is still a chance for frost, so come learn which vegetables are hardy enough to handle this risk. Gardeners will start planting the Demonstration Garden's edible garden.
May 10th and May 12th
Garden Focus Area: Sun & Shade Flower Borders
Do you know which side of the street your flower garden grows on? Learn which flowers like the sunny side, and which ones prefer making it in the shade. Gardeners will work on planting the Demonstration Garden's flower border.
May 17th and May 19th
Garden Focus Area: Climbing Plants & What They Climb On
You can add structure, whimsy, and natural hiding spaces to your garden by incorporating trellises and fences out of willow and found branches. Come get ideas on creating natural structural elements in your garden space. Gardeners will be building trellises and planting their living climbers.
May 24thand May 26th
Garden Focus Area: The Herb Garden in Chicago
Learn which herbs grow well in our city's climate, both in containers and out, then discover some tricks on how to plant and care for them. Gardeners will be planting the Demonstration Garden's herb spiral.
May 31st and June 2
Garden Focus Area: All About Nightshades
Did you know that tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants all come from the same family known as nightshades? Well, now's the time of year to transplant this group of favorites into the outside garden. Learn which varieties of this popular plant family are good picks, then discover proper ways to transplant them. Find out how to care for and maintain these garden plants to ensure successful yields throughout the growing season. Gardeners will be transplanting tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants to the garden.
June 7th and 9th
Garden Focus Area: Three Sisters Garden and other Companion Plantings
Did you know that certain plants can benefit other plants simply be being planted next to each other? For example, Native American tribes traditionally planted beans, squash, and corn (known as "the three sisters") in the same hole. The three plants help each other by maximizing growing conditions for one another. The corn serves as a support for climbing pole beans, the beans fix nitrogen in the soil, important for nitrogen loving, heavy feeding corn, and the squash covers the ground of the corn and beans to both hold moisture in and repel hungry pests. Get to know your favorite plant friendships, while the gardeners plant a Three Sisters Garden.
June 14th and 16th
Garden Focus Area: Worm Poop, Fish Juice, and Other Good Organic Garden Fertilizers
Some of the grossest things make the greatest gardens. Learn how to use organic garden fertilizers in your garden, and look inside our bins to see some of our worms at work making compost. Gardeners will be fertilizing and composting in the Demonstration Garden.
June 21st and 23rd
Garden Focus Area: Soul Food & Other Themed Gardens
What's more fun than a theme party? A theme garden! And what goes better with black-eyed peas than greens, sweet potatoes, and okra? Come check out our Soul Food garden, and get suggestions for other great idea pairings, such as pizza, bathtub, and color gardens. Come join in the fun as gardeners plant the sweet potato component of our Soul Food garden.
June 29th and 30th
Garden Focus Area: Much Ado About Mulch
Take a swing through any neighborhood, and you'll see examples of trees that have been both properly and improperly mulched. Come learn how to mulch the right way during this session, as well as discovering the benefits mulching provides. And since strawberries get their name from the traditional mulch that is used on them (straw!), Gardeners will highlight our topic by mulching, then harvesting the Demonstration Garden's strawberries.