Archive for February 2012

Fleurotica 2012 Coming to Garfield Park Conservatory

Fleurotica 2012 Coming to Garfield Park Conservatory
Last week Bloomingdale’s hosted staff and members of the Garfield Park Conservatory to give a special preview of Fleurotica 2012. If you’re not aware, Fleurotica is a fashion show that features designs made from plants and flowers, and is an important fundraiser for the conservatory. This year’s show is particularly important since the conservatory is... Read more »

Chicago's Sustainable Backyard Program Workshop for Retailers

Last year I wrote an article for GapersBlock on the Chicago Sustainable Backyard Program. While researching the article I called up several of the independent garden centers in Chicago as if I was a customer and asked the people answering about the Sustainable Backyard Program. I discovered that not only were residents unaware of the... Read more »

Food Grade Buckets in Chicago For Growing Potatoes.

A reader to the mrbrownthumb garden blog Emailed me today to give me a tip on sourcing food grade buckets in Chicago for growing potatoes. I grow potatoes in buckets and trashcans, but never bothered to do so in food grade plastics. The tipster, Bonnie, notes: “Growing potatoes in buckets: Since you live in the Chicago... Read more »

Gary Comer Youth Center Hiring Garden Manager

The Make Miracles Grow Foundation & Gary Comer Youth Center are hiring a full-time Garden Manager who will oversee daily operation of the organization’s youth garden and support a full range of agricultural programing offered by the Gary Comer Youth Center. The ket garden sites include: The primary garden site, a 1.75-acre organic site with... Read more »

Chicago Seed Starting Workshops & Seed Swaps Feb-March 2012

To help Chicago gardeners get ready for spring garden clubs and organizations around Chicago usually hold seed starting workshops and seed swaps. Here are the seed-related events happening in February and March 2012. Save the date for The Great Chicago Seed Swap. It will go down at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Sunday,... Read more »

AECOM's Pier+ Proposal Gets my "Thumbs Up"

Crystal Garden. This part of the pier has seen better days so I'm glad AECOM has an idea to transform it. The new Crystal Garden would be a sustainable food production attraction, an urban food jungle-if you will. A floating "seed-like juice bar" will serve visitors products from food grown on site. The Crystal Garden will also be used to supply the restaurants at Pier+ with produce, serve as location for entertainment and education in sustainable food production. Image courtesy of AECOM+BIG
Recently a select number of design firms were selected to submit proposals for a renovation and re-imaging of Chicago’s Navy Pier. While all of them have merit, the proposal by AECOM+BIG  really caught my eye and I think is the best of the group. It gets my “thumbs up.” One my issues with Navy Pier, aside from the... Read more »

One Seed Chicago Herb Debate This Sunday Morning

One Seed Chicago Herb Debate This Sunday Morning
    Tomorrow morning Mike Nowak will host the first One Seed Chicago debate. Cilantro, basil and chamomile will each have a representative on the radio show. Clinatro will be represented by Twitter’s @SnappyJDog, chamomile by garden girl, and basil by the Anthony Todd, the food and drink editor of Chicagoist. You can listen to... Read more »

Save the Date: Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Save the Date: Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show
For the past few years I’ve been organizing a seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show among a few friends (sometimes strangers too) at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. We referred to it as a “shady seed swap” because we operated without permission of the flower show, and sometimes would sneak off into an empty room... Read more »
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