Archive for September 2010

Planting Tulips With a Purpose

Planting Tulips With a Purpose
“Tulipa Maggie Daley” courtesy of GNMAA. Tulip planting season has arrived in Chicago and while you’re placing orders or searching garden centers for bulbs, I’d like you to consider two pink tulips.October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society’s Plant It Pink campaign is aimed at raising awareness in the fight against... Read more »

Tropical Hibiscus Mistake

Tropical Hibiscus Mistake
From my window I can see into my neighbor’s garden that they started this year. I’ve been admiring a tropical hibiscus they planted because it has been blooming and the flaming red flower screams out for admiration. From the sidewalk the blooming shrub is hidden by a morning glory vine that has ensconced their fence.... Read more »

Nominate a "Community Gardener of the Year" for 2010.

GreenNet’s Annual “Community Gardener of the Year” Award Ceremony and Potluck Networking Dinner is an opportunity to recognize those Chicagoans who have worked tirelessly on behalf of a community garden. Community/school gardens along with garden clubs can nominate a member who they feel deserves to be named GreenNet’s “Community Gardener of the Year” for 2010.... Read more »
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Cook County Jail Garden Harvest Fest 2010

Cook County Jail Garden Harvest Fest 2010
Gardens are great equalizers; they’re also places where people can get a second chance. Today was the annual harvest festival and graduation ceremony at the Cook County Jail’s garden. Really, they need to start calling it an urban farm, a working urban farm.  As I blogged about last year, the jail garden constructed a greenhouse... Read more »

Gardening in a Grow Box

Gardening in a Grow Box
Deluxe Grow Box on the left, A Garden Patch’s Grow Box on the right.  I am simultaneously a lover and hater of gimmicky garden tools, especially items that purport to make gardening easier. Gardening is already easy, so a lot of garden products get a big eye roll from me. Whenever I heard gardeners talk... Read more »

North Lawndale Greening Committee Garden Tour Photos

North Lawndale Greening Committee Garden Tour Photos
Young and young at heart urban gardeners in North Lawndale garden tour Last month I had the pleasure of attending the North Lawndale Greening Committee’s garden tour.  It was a change from doing the North Dearborn Garden Walk. The gardens themselves weren’t much different, larger mostly, but the vibe was noticeably different. This garden tour... Read more »
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Pilsen Paseo de Jardines, Chicago TomatoFest

Want to be part of garden history in Chicago? Several organizations in Pilsen are hosting the 1st Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour. On September 18th, 2010 from 11am-4pm. Over 20 gardens are participating, gardens include; community gardens, edible rooftop gardens, butterfly gardens, backyard gardens, porch gardens and community gardens. There will be educational presentation and demonstrations along... Read more »
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