Tag: Garden Inspiration

Garden Hits and Misses at Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Today was the last day of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and the themed concept was a hit, and a miss in some respects. Personally, I’m a big fan of garden themes. A themed garden can be fun, interesting and a good opportunity to teach and engage other people about your garden. Last year... Read more »

Chicago Flower and Garden Show 2010: All about the "Drama."

(UPDATE: My recap of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is here.) The Chicago Flower and Garden Show returns to Chicago’s Navy Pier this weekend with a “Cultivating Great Performances” theme. Theatergoers and kids will delight in the way their favorite shows and books have been interpreted into gardens. Below some photos of today’s media... Read more »

Gardening Season begins in Chicago this Week!

The gardening season in Chicago begins this week with the opening of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on March 6, 2010. The show runs until March 14, 2010. For more information visit ChicagoFlower.com The Midwest Gardening Symposium at The Morton Arboretum runs from March 5-7, 2010. A get-together with gardeners, plant people, and designers... Read more »

Winter Garden Interest at Chicago's Lurie Garden

click for slightly larger view A well-designed garden looks interesting year-round. My own garden has no “designer,” it is just a collection of plants and flowers I like, and in the winter there isn’t much to look at. I’m hoping to change this flaw by visiting gardens this winter and copying some of the design... Read more »

Where to Learn About Urban Agriculture in Chicago

Over the weekend I noticed that someone asked Rick Bayless on Twitter about volunteer opportunities in Chicago for people who were interested in urban agriculture in Chicago for people who live in apartments. Rick Bayless suggested City Farm & Growing Home which are two good ones. Here are a few more: NeighborSpace, Has an extensive... Read more »

Vegetable Garden at Cook County Jail

Cook County Jail Vegetable Garden. (Panorama-click to enlarge) The last place you expect to see a vegetable garden is behind tall fences topped off with razor wire, but at the Cook County Jail there is a 13 thousand square-foot vegetable garden grown by inmates. This vegetable garden is a joint effort by The Cook County... Read more »

Why we can't Afford to bring an Urban Farmer to Chicago

On August 19th GapersBlock posted Bring an Urban Farmer to Chicago. It was a call to drum up support to bring Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City, to Chicago to teach workshops about urban farming. I’ve read nothing but good things about Farm City and I’m sure Ms. Carpenter is a very nice person who... Read more »

Cook County Sheriff's Boot Camp Vegetable Garden

Cool video segment from ABC 7 of the vegetable garden at the Cook County Sheriff’s boot camp where cadets 17- to 35-years-old who are serving sentences for non-violent and non-sexual crimes maintain a vegetable garden. The cadets are taught about gardening and agriculture from staff of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Wood Street Urban Farm in Englewood

The Wood Street Urban Farm is a USDA Certified organic production farm in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. It was started in 1992 by Les Brown, Director of Policy for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, who passed away in 2005, as a training program for the homeless and jobless. Today, the Wood Street Urban Farm employs... Read more »

White House Beer Garden

Today, the White House garden turned into a beer garden as President Obama hosted Professor Gates and Sgt. James Crowley. Who cares what they talked about and who cares what they drank. Look at what they’re sitting on. The outdoor furniture looks like something my mom would have bought from Kmart growing up. I’m talking... Read more »