Chicago Gardener Events June '09

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June 5th: The last of the heirloom tomato plant sales for Chicago Tomato Fest 2009 is being held at Uncommon Ground on Devon. 4-8 PM.

June 6th: The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden presents; Rooftop Beekeeping in Chicago: The Confluence of Culture and Nature.
Michael Thompson, farm manager for Chicago Honey Co-op with Dr. Alan
Molumby, of UIC, who will discuss ongoing research of the city’s native
pollinators/solitary bee population. The class is at the Chicago
Cultural Center and part of the class takes place outdoors at the Lurie
Garden in Millenium Park. Members: $29.00 Nonmembers: $37.00 
Participants will receive a 3-ounce jar of honey from the Chicago Honey
Co-op. Register here.

June 9th: Hull-House Kitchen: Rethinking Soup. The next soup is City Farm’s turnip soup and they will be doing a presentation on the Green Box. 12-1:30 PM free admission and free soup. 800 S. Halsted. More info Hull-House Kitchen.

June 10th: Morning Bird and Nature Walk. 7:30 a.m. Join Nature Conservancy members and The Lurie Garden staff on informal
bird and plant appreciation walks in the garden. Meet at Cloud Gate in
Millennium Park. Pre-registration required. Call 312-580-2357 to

June 11th: Growing Home’s 7th Annual Benefit. Keynote address by
Rick Bayless Chef list includes: Charlie Trotters, Vie, Bistro
Campagne, Nia Mediterranean Tapas, Monogramme Catering, The Balanced
Kitchen, Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel, and the Meatloaf Bakery.Cost is $125,
Individual $1,100.00 for a table of 10. The price includes appetizers,
3-course meal, dessert and open bar. For for information or to download
the RSVP card visit here.

June 11th: Rogers Park Garden Group Plant Sale  & fundraiser. The RPGG is holding a special spring plant sale to raise funds for 2010 community gardening programs. 11 am – 3 pm 1434 W. Greenleaf (east of Greenview, next to RP Presbyterian Church). 

June 12-14th: Jensen Reconsidered Symposium. Leading experts on Jens Jensen, the Prairie School of Landscape Architecture, and today’s greening efforts in the Chicago region. Guided tours: the Garfield Conservatory, Columbus Park, Crab Tree Farm, Rosewood Park and Jens Jensen’s Ravinia Studio and residence, concluding with a tour of the Westchester Township History Museum and a Prairie Club inspired field walk at the Indiana Dunes State Park. Registration info here.
June  13th: Forest Park Community Garden bake sale. 7am – 1pm; Oak Park Farmers Market; 460 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL.  

June 13th or June 24th: Creative container gardening
workshops at the Garfield Park Conservatory for those who don’t have
land to garden on. This class taught by Susan Fontana, of Thinking Out
of the Pot, Inc. There is a $20.00 fee per person per day to attend.
Please pre-register for this class by contacting Robin Cline at
773-638-1766 ext 18, or emailing

June 13th: “Getting to Know The Lurie Garden’s Top 10 Plants” An adult handson workshop. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Colleen Lockovitch, director and horticulturist for The Lurie Garden, highlights her favorite plants in the garden. She discusses the plants’ attributes linked to seasonal interest, design, sustainability and identifying characteristics. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 312-742-5519 to register. Workshops meet at the boardwalk’s south end, overlooking Monroe St.

June 13th: Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) Presents: The 2009 Lewis Mumford Awards for Peace, Environment, and Development. 6PM-9PM at Archeworks, 625 North Kingsbury St. The event is FREE and open to the public with students encouraged to attend. Get a chance to network and learn about projects happening in Chicago and to honor three local non-profits; GrowingHome, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Fuller Park Community Development Corporation. Food, drinks, interactive art, door prizes and live music will be provided.

June 13th: 10:00am-3:00pm. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Openlands present “Festival of Trees'” part of Science Chicago Chicago Trees Initiative Task Force members will be on-hand to answer tree-related questions. Contact Josie Elbert, (773) 755-5178 or

June 13th: Gale Greenhouse Plant Sale. Plants grown by volunteers and children are being sold to the public with sales benefiting the Gale Math and Science Academy. Get flowers, hanging baskets, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables and herbs including basil, dill, oregano, thyme, cilantro, and more. Great opportunity to shop local with proceeds benefiting Rogers Park children.9 am – noon Gale School, 7650 N. Marshfield

June 14th: ADPSR of Chicago is hosting a Communtiy Building Day at the Black Oaks Center Eco-Campus in Pembroke Township, IL. Help build a wooden deck, finish contstructing a chicken coop and put the finsishing layer on the natural construction cob wall. A biodiesel bus to the Black Oaks Center Eco-Campus has been charted that will depart the city around 9AM and return around 5PM. Contact Jamie, Brian, or Dan with any questions and RSVP for the charter bus: (773) 944-0242

June 17th: Transition Rogers Park Deliciously Social. Join Transition Rogers Park for fun, stories, and relationship. Snacks and beverages, the stars and the music will be provided. Feel free to bring along something to share (food, drink, story, or?). Spend an almost summer’s night with neighbors and friends who share the same values and commitment for building a better world.Wednesday, June 17, 7-9 pm The Richart’s, 1645 W. Jarvis, #2 Please rsvp here.

June 18th: Northtown Garden Society Spring Evening Garden Walk. Visit gardens along the 6400-6700 blocks of N. Campbell, Maplewood, Rockwell, and Talman avenues. Pick up registration materials at St. James between 6-7:15PM. The walk will be held rain or shine. A $5 donation is appreciated from non-members. St. James Presbyterian Church, 6554 N. Rockwell Ave. 6-8:45PM

June 19th: Sweet Summer Solstice. “For the past two years Slow Food Chicago has sponsored a Summer Solstice potluck fundraiser for us at the apiary. It will be happening this year on June 19th and should be the best one yet. Only $15 per person ($10 for Co-op and Slow Food members). Bring a dish to share and a chair to sit on. We’ll also be holding a raffle with great prizes including a private tour of the City Hall rooftop garden and beehives, a dinner for 2 at Brasserie Jo, a Joe Breezer Itzy folding bicycle, organic/biodynamic wine from Candid wines and more. Reservations are required. Find out more here-Slow Food Chicago. “
June 19th: Composting and Vermiculture – learn how to generate fertility for your garden by recycling your food and yard waste through backyard composting and indoor/outdoor worm bins.Classes will meet at the new community garden site at the southwest corner of Schreiber and Bosworth Aves in Rogers Park. Rain location: Schreiber Park field house. All workshops are free. You will leave each workshop with information and materials to help you grow healthy food at home. New and experienced gardeners are welcome. Organized by the Rogers Park Green Space and Food Systems Coalition. For more information visit Rogers Park Green Space and Food Systems Coalition or contact Thea Carlson, Angelic Organics Learning Center: 773-288-5462 or

June 20th:
The Historic Pullman Garden club, in participation with the Pullman State Historical Site present the 15th Annual Garden Walk. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Telephone 773-568-2441 for more information. More info here.

June 20th: Restoring Relations Summer Solstice Celebration. Angelic Organics Learning Center – Chicago First Presbyterian Church – 6400 S Kimbark Ave, Chicago IL.12-8PM. This event if Free. For more information and to RSVP please call 773.288.5462

June 21st: Cob Alive 2009.  Cob Connection Fundraiser. Live Music, Food, Activities, Entertainment, Raffle prizes and more! $5 donation. McCormick Tribune YMCA 1834 N. Lawndale Ave (Logan Square) 1PM-5PM

June 27 & 28th: The Planter’s Palette is sponsoring a garden walk to benefit the U of I Extension Master Gardeners Program in Kane and DuPage Counties and also DuPage County Animal Care and Control. The walk is Saturday and Sunday June 27th and 28th from 10 am – 4 pm. More info here
June 28th: The Midway Garden Society Garden Walk. 11am-4pm with raffle prizes. Tickets are $5.00. Contact Karen, President, at 773-553-2728. Garden walk starts at 5224 S. Moody.

A sampling of what’s going on around Chicago for the month of June that
would be of interest to gardeners in and around Chicagoland. You can
submit your event, gardening workshop, classes, or call for volunteers
by leaving a comment below and I’ll add them to this post, which will
be featured in the sidebar.


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  • Thanks for the info; the container gardening workshop sounds fun! Those in the know are well aware I need all the help I can get with my ambitious, yet sadly not-very-impressive, window gardens.

  • In reply to AmyGuth:

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. If you need any help with your window boxes let me know. It may make for a good blog entry here.

  • In reply to AmyGuth:

    MBT - thanks for the list! I've got my list ready and I can't wait to head to the tomato sale today at Uncommon Ground. Now, if I can just convince my boss to cancel/reschedule our 4:00 meeting so that I can be there when the sale starts! Hope to see you there.

  • In reply to AmyGuth:

    Love the list - nice feature to have on your blog MBT!

    I'll be cooling my heels this weekend but will be checking back for more summer field trip ideas!

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Hi Gina & SSGardenGirl,

    Gina & I did the tomato plant sale for a bit. If you two have any events going on in your neck of the woods let me know and I can add them.

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  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Sorry, all the above events are at The Lurie Garden in June. Thanks for posting them.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Hi, Bucktown is working on our Annual GardenWalk. An Urban Exploration of Greenery. July 11 -12 11 am to 5pm. $5 donation for the GuideBook/Map at Club Lucky 1824 W Wabansia or on the free trolley. 75 - 100 gardens will be open! Plus we have added a TreeTour. Art in the Garden highlights outdoor painters at work in the mornign, with the works for sale in the afternoons. The Garden Oasis contains information on green activies and ideas. More at

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    The Rogers Park Garden Group holds monthly informational/educational meetings between April-Oct. Our next meeting is:

    The Environmental Benefits of Native Plants
    Jack Barnette, environmental scientist, US EPA
    Tuesday, June 30
    7 pm
    Rogers Park Presbyterian Church (Greenleaf & Greenview)
    Free to members; $5 others. Anyone can join at any time, $10 per calendar year. Visit for more information or to get on our e-newsletter list.

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