If you're going to the final weekend of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show there are a lot of seeds you can buy from the Landreth Seeds booth, but there are also some free seeds available. The Smith & Hawken display has these paper garden stakes with basil seeds embedded. You simply insert the paper into some soil and the seeds should sprout. JULIE, Inc., is giving away free packets of cosmos seeds, which are among the easiest plants to grow from seeds, to raise awareness about their service that locates utility lines below ground before you dig in your garden.
Speaking of seeds, voting for One Seed Chicago 2011 ends on April 1st, 2011. If you live in Chicago vote for one of the three candidates this year and you'll get the seeds for free in the mail. The goal of the One Seed Chicago project is to get unite thousands of Chicagoans in gardening by getting everyone to grow the same plant.