How to Pollinate an Amaryllis Flower

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Here’s  garden video I made show how I pollinate Amaryllis bulbs in my indoor garden. These big, unique blooms are a perfect way to get started with pollinating blooms by hand to produce seeds. It’s easy to transfer pollen from the anthers to the stigma of an Amaryllis. You’ll see what the Amaryllis seed pods... Read more »

Dig into Urban Agriculture with GOOD Chicago at Uncommon Ground

Dig into Urban Agriculture with GOOD Chicago at Uncommon Ground
On April 29th, 2013, I’ll be part of the urban gardening panel at the Dig into Urban Agriculture with GOOD Chicago at Uncommon Ground. Here’s a description of the event from the GOOD Chicago Local chapter’s event : Come out to GOOD Chicago’s inaugural event as we celebrate the joy of neighboring by stepping into... Read more »

Seed Swaps around Chicago March 2013

Seed Swaps around Chicago March 2013
As the saying goes, March comes in a lion and goes out like a lamb. Get ready for spring with these two seed swap in the Chicagoland area this weekend.   Chicago Seed Library will be hosting a seed swap at the Empty Bottle Farmers’ Market this Saturday. The market starts at Noon and there... Read more »
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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 »

Chicago Urban Garden Pollinator Study

Chicago Urban Garden Pollinator Study
David Lowenstein, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is studying native bees and their effect on surround land an insects in Chicago. Last summer, he created mobile gardens and found 30 sites around Chicago and left the plants in the parkways to count the number... Read more »

No Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show '13

Last year the Chicago Flower & Garden Show asked me to host a seed swap during the run of the show after they heard that I’d been holding a “secret” seed swap every year at the show when the local garden blogger met up. You can read the back story here. The swap was fun... Read more »
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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime for Urban Gardening?

If you’re in the holiday spirit of giving, why not consider donating a few dollars to some organizations in Chicago who make urban and community gardening possible, transform communities, and feed the less fortunate? In no particular order: NeighborSpace: Chicago’s land-trust for community gardening. Let’s Go Chicago: Leading the energy transition, sprouting green opportunities in... Read more »

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 »

Take a Visit to Chalet's Garden Center

Take a Visit to Chalet's Garden Center
Last week I went on a press tour of Chalet Nursery and Garden Center in Wilmette. I’ve heard about the garden center for years, but I never would have made the trip myself had I not been invited to tour the garden and their tree farm in Wisconsin. As part of the tour we also... Read more »
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Randolph Street Market Sept 29-30: Editor's Choice for Charity Event

Randolph Street Market Sept 29-30: Editor's Choice for Charity Event
I’ve been invited to participate in the Editor’s & Designer’s Choice for Charity event at the Randolph Street Market. This is America’s largest urban antiques market, and I’m happy to be participating in this. As one of the invited participants for this event I’ll be highlighting items for sale at the market with a blue... Read more »