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Fighting Chicago's Gang Problem with Gardens

Fighting Chicago's Gang Problem with Gardens
Monday morning I woke up and checked Twitter to see a story on the Trib about gang violence in my neighborhood taking the life of one, and wounding four others. I wish I could say it was surprising, but this kind of story becomes all too common around these parts in the summer. Waking up... Read more »

Chicago Garden Walks 2013

It’s that time of year when gardeners across the city open up their garden gates to neighbors and fellow gardeners across the city. The first garden walk I’ve been informed of starts this weekend. Here are some Chicago garden walks for 2013. 7th Annual Northcenter Neighborhood Garden Walk Sunday, June 23, 2013 12-5pm. Tour begins... Read more »

2nd Annual Hull House Museum Seed Swap March 10th

Join gardeners and seed savers from across Chicago at tomorrow’s seed swap at the Hull House Museum. There will be seeds swapped, workshops and talks. Sunday, March 10 | 1-4pm. The Hull House Museum is located near the Halsted Blue Line stop, the Halsted bus, and the No. 60 bus. For full details see the... Read more »
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Winter Gardening in Chicago

Sorry about the lack of updates on here at Chicago Garden, but this year I got a gig writing at TreeHugger, and combined with the mrbrownthumb garden blog, and my Twitter account, and Facebook gardening page–I just couldn’t keep up with another blog. Hopefully, I’ll do a better job of scheduling myself and finding time... Read more »

Ethnic Heritage Gardening in Chicago

The Ethnic Heritage Garden on Kickstarter looks pretty cool. There are still six day left to fund this project which brings together groups from the Assyrian, Ethiopian, Filipino, Greek, Haitian, Indian, Jamaican, Mexican, Muslim, and Trinidadian communities, to the Howard Street Farm in Skokie, IL. The goal of this project is to grow culturally significant... Read more »

Gardening with Herbs in Chicago for the Year of the Herb

Gardening with Herbs in Chicago for the Year of the Herb
2012 is the Year of the Herb in Chicago. The candidates for this year’s One Seed Chicago election were all herbs. This year’s One Seed Chicago winner will be announced at the Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 28th. Several groups and community gardens will be growing and celebrating this... Read more »
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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 »

Help Save America's Oldest Seed Company

I’ve written here about the D. Landreth Seed Company and their African-American heritage seed line before and I’ve recommended shopping at their booth at the Chicago Flower & garden Show the past two years, in particular if you were interested in growing heirloom potatoes. Moments ago while visiting the company’s Facebook page I came across... Read more »

2nd Annual Pilsen Garden Walk August 6th

2nd Annual Pilsen Garden Walk August 6th
“Pilsen Paseo de Jardines – 2nd Annual Garden Walk – August 6th, 10am-3pm beginning at El Zocola Plaza, 18th & Paulina. The Pink Line, 18th St. Stop is around the corner from plaza. Maps, information, transportation options available. Community Gardens will give presentations such as Solar Powered Self Watering vegetable bed, Monarch butterfly garden, tour of... Read more »
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Why I Support Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid

While rummaging around my dad’s sock drawer once I found something that captured my imagination. It was a small piece of embossed metal-a souvenir of a World’s Fair. Upon my discovery of the trinket I took it to my room and carefully put it into a jar that held all of my most valuable possessions.... Read more »