Free Garden Workshop at Lincoln Park Zoo Feb 1st

As I type this the garden is being blanketed under a nice thick layer of snow. It’s easy to forget that below all of that snow is a garden that is in desperate need of renovation and inspiration. It is a hot mess and has been for years. I’ve tried to justify my ugly garden by saying it wasn’t a garden, but a plant growing lab. But even I’m not buying that excuse any more. Not being a garden designer I have no idea where to start or even what to do because just tearing it down and starting over.

What does all of this have to do with the Lincoln Park Zoo?

In October I blogged about my visits this summer to the zoo to learn about the new programs they were instituting to attract gardeners in Chicago. The gardening programs at the zoo kick off with Smart & Soulful Gardening,  a workshop that promises “new ways to envision your garden as you plan for next growing season.” Sounds good to me, and it’s free. Register here.

Update: I just got word that the class is almost full so they’ve added a second session on this day from 7:30-8:30pm to accommodate gardeners.


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  • So another gardening season begins. And after February comes March, complete with the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Yes!

  • In reply to CarolCichorski:

    I'm excited, hope to meet you in person.

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    Thanks for sharing. Will be there.

  • In reply to Shawn Mayberry:

    No worries, thanks for commenting. I'm updating the post to include mention of the second class.

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