Archive for April 2010

Bee Balm Wins 2010 One Seed Chicago

Last weekend at the Green & Growing Fair Bee Balm was unveiled as the winner of 2010 One Seed Chicago. Chicagoans all across our City voted for their favorite and Bee Balm came out on top.  This year One Seed Chicago will distribute over a million seeds to the gardeners who voted and those who didn’t get... Read more »

Sustainable Mother's Day gifts for Chicago Gardeners

With Mother’s Day just around the corner you may be in search of a perfect local, socially conscious or sustainable gift for the Chicago gardening mom in your life. Here are my recommendations for three such gifts.  The Chicago Honey Co-op is Chicago’s urban bee farm that provides jobs and job training in urban agriculture to the under-employed... Read more »

Chicago French Market

The Chicago French Market is a year-round, indor marketplace where you can shop from local artisans. Chicago French Market is located in the West Loop in the new MetraMarke development at 131 N. Clinton. Plant lovers who like to eat plants should check out the market for some unsual fruits and veggies. There’s also a... Read more »

Lurie Garden in April 2010

Lurie Garden April 09-21, 2010 Some photos of the spring blooms in the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park taken in April 2010. If you’re starting a garden in Chicago and are looking for ideas of what kinds of plants and bulbs you should plant for early spring blooms and colors visit the Lurie Garden for... Read more »

National Public Gardens Day

The Second Annual National Public Gardens Day is May 7, 2010. National Public Gardens Day was created to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and the various roles they play in our lives.   Do gardens like the Chicago Botanic Garden need their own special day? After speaking with Paul James, the spokesperson for National... Read more »

Seedling and Plant Sales in Chicago: April/May 2010

These seedling and plant sales are hosted by community gardens, garden clubs or organizations around Chicago and are a way to raise funds to operate various programs. Instead of purchasing all of your plants from Chicago garden centers or big box stores, consider spreading some of your dollars locally with groups that make a difference... Read more »

The State Flower of Illinois

The official state flower of Illinois is the common violet, Viola sororia. It was adopted as State Flower in 1908 and you can read about how that came to be, here. Every year I get a little overzealous with the weed pulling in the spring and start pulling them out of the garden after either forgetting that... Read more »