Archive for January 2011

Love in the Lurie Garden

Love in the Lurie Garden
During the spring and summer months the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park is prime courting and breeding grounds for many species in our area. You can observe red-winged black birds, bees, butterflies, plants and even, uh, humans engaging in mating rituals. Sometimes, the public displays of affection can be too much to stomach when you’re... Read more »

Shopping for Identity in Seed Catalogs

Shopping for Identity in Seed Catalogs
At last year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show I watched as a customer at the D. Landreth Seed Company booth say “You’re women owned, that’s great!” before giving Barbara Melera, owner of the D. Landreth Seed Company, the thumbs up and walking away with her seed purchase. The exchange surprised me, but it really shouldn’t... Read more »

Urban Farming Classes in Chicago's Little Village Neighborhood

Urban Farming Classes in Chicago's Little Village Neighborhood
The Chicago Botanic Garden is conducting a number of classes that are perfect for gardeners who want to learn to about urban farming and growing food in Chicago. The best part is that they’re being held in the Little Village neighborhood, perfectly situated for residents of the south and southwest side where these kinds of... Read more »
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Spring Flower and Bonsai Show this Weekend

Spring Flower and Bonsai Show this Weekend
There are a few events on my garden calendar that let me know that winter is almost over. The first is the Spring Flower Show at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  The show runs from Saturday, January 19th through Sunday, May 8th. As a hater of poinsettias I generally avoid the conservatory during the winter and... Read more »

Seed Swap and Sweet Saturdays

Seed Swap and Sweet Saturdays
Lurie Garden Seed Swap February 12, 2011.  1st floor Garland Room Chicago Cultural Center Get ready for spring as you share seeds and information with fellow gardeners. Led by Lurie Garden staff who will be on hand to provide seeds and tips for planting and germination. 10AM-NOON. Free, pre-register by calling Lurie Garden office at... Read more »

Ride With Radish For One Seed Chicago 2011

Ride With Radish For One Seed Chicago 2011
Politics is a dirty sport, and politics don’t get dirtier than in Chicago. “Vote early and vote often” is a phrase you hear said a lot during an election cycle. Most of the time it is said tongue-in-cheek, but you know that deep down some people really mean it. As someone who works on NeighborSpace’s... Read more »
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National Holiday Wreath Awareness Week

National Holiday Wreath Awareness Week
Photo Credit http://thegardenfaerie.com  It is estimated that every year thousands of innocent statues, sculptures and lawn ornaments fall victim to the careless disposal of holiday wreaths in the weeks after New Year’s Day. Holiday wreaths make great decorations for the home or garden, but a danger lurks behind their festive exterior. Just like birds and... Read more »

How to Recycle a Live Christmas Tree in Chicago

How to Recycle a Live Christmas Tree in Chicago
Even though Chicago offers a Christmas tree recycling program where live Christmas trees can be dropped off at 23 locations, I noticed this weekend that some in my neighborhood aren’t taking advantage of the drop-off service. Trees are appearing in empty lots and alleys where they’re leaned up against trashcans, providing easy access to food... Read more »

MLK Food Justice Weekend

MLK Food Justice Weekend
Local Solutions to Food Justice in Chicago is the Theme of MLK Jr. Weekend Activities KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation will honor the life and work of Martin Luther King with a weekend long education and advocacy program focused on food justice and sustainability January 14th-16th, 2011. The KAMII Social Justice Committee presents a weekend of... Read more »
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From Seed To Table With One Seed Chicago 2011

From Seed To Table With One Seed Chicago 2011
One Seed Chicago, the urban gardening project by NeighborSpace, is back for 2011 and is taking gardeners from seed to table. To facilitate the creation of urban gardens and backyard farms, One Seed Chicago is putting up three vegetables seeds for a vote and letting Chicagoans vote for their favorite. The three seed candidates this year... Read more »
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