Pilsen Paseo de Jardines, Chicago TomatoFest

Want to be part of garden history in Chicago? Several organizations in Pilsen are hosting the 1st Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour. On September 18th, 2010 from 11am-4pm. Over 20 gardens are participating, gardens include; community gardens, edible rooftop gardens, butterfly gardens, backyard gardens, porch gardens and community gardens. There will be educational presentation and demonstrations along the route where you can learn about repurposing materials for container gardening creating compost bins and worm composting bings and a presentations on monarch butterflies from the Peggy Notebart Museum. This garden tour is free. (Full details below)

TomatoFest Potluck Supper is being held at the Chicago Honey Co-op on September 9th, 2010 from 5:30pm-8pm. Proceeds benefit preSERVE, a community garden in North Lawndale in partnership with the North Lawndale Greening Committee, NeighborSpace, the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and Slow Food Chicago. Bring a homegrown tomatoes and a potluck dish to share, cost is $10 for SlowFood Members and $15 for non-members. Sign up here. If you don’t know what to expect I blogged about the TomatoFest Potluck Supper from last year here and highly recommend the event.

Pilsen Paseo de Jardines

Please join us for Pilsen’s 1st Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour!


WHEN: Saturday, September 18th, 2010 11am-4pm


WHAT: Please join us for Pilsen’s 1st Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour!  Over twenty gardens are participating highlighting many different spaces and styles of gardening including community gardens, edible rooftop gardens, butterfly gardens, backyard gardens, porch gardens, and even sidewalk gardens.  Family activities, educational presentations and demonstrations will be held along the entire route.  Stop by one of the neighborhood’s community gardens and learn how to make garden planters from upcycled materials, how to set up a compost bin in your backyard or a worm bin in your kitchen, hear a presentation on monarch butterflies from the Peggy Notebaert Museum then pick up a map detailing a suggested routes to the next stop!


WHERE: The tour will encompass Pilsen’s gardening community between 18th St and Cermak from Sangamon to Leavitt.

We encourage guests to walk or bike the route, bicycle rentals will be available for a small donation at select locations.  Pilsen can also be reached via CTA Pink Line (18th or Damen stops) and CTA Buses #8 (Halsted,) #9 (Ashland,) #18 (18th Street,) #21 (Cermak).


Maps will be available at the following locations…

·    Jardin Mariposa (1835-1837 S Carpenter)  will have a representative from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at the garden to give a presentation on Monarch butterflies.

·    Roots & Rays Community Garden (1513-1521 W Cullerton)  will demonstrate backyard composting and indoor vermicomposting.

·    St. Ann’s Plaza & the BLAGI Project (2147 West 18th Place)  will offer a demo workshop on how to make a planter from all recycled materials.

·    Growing Station (21st & Sangamon)

·    Eco Rooftop Garden (2042 W 21st Street)

·    Orozco School Garden (18th & Damen)


WHO: This event is hosted by the Pilsen Alianza Verde and the Pilsen Planning Committee’s Community Image Task Force  with generous support from our partners at The Resurrection Project, Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, Alderman Danny Solis, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Working BikesChicago, Elev8, Openlands, United Merchants of Pilsen, Orozco School, Whittier School and the Pilsen Farmer’s Market.

For more information please visit http://pilsenpaseodejardines.blogspot.com/, email rootsansrays@gmail.com, or call Christine at 773/704-9581 


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  • I miss the Pilsen - a vibrant neighborhood. Wish I were able to attend this garden tour.

  • Just to clarify, the time of the tour is from 11am-4pm. For more info please email rootsandrays @ gmail.com

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