Help 'preSERVE' Two Community Gardens This Weekend.

Help 'preSERVE' Two Community Gardens This Weekend.

Two community gardens in Chicago are in need of help this weekend. The preSERVE community garden in North Lawndale is having a workday and is in need of volunteers. Not that far from the preSERVE garden is a garden that is raising funds with a picnic and private tour of the Garfield Park Conservatory to stay on the empty lot they turned into a community garden from an eyesore. Check out the details for both and help where you can.

Lend a hand at the preSERVE garden! Volunteers needed!

Come out on Saturday, May 19th, and help the preSERVE Garden in North Lawndale get off to a great start this year.

From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, May 19th, volunteers will prepare garden beds, plant seeds and fruit bushes, move wood chips, and pull weeds. And take some fresh salad greens home with you! Wear work clothes and shoes and bring work gloves if you have them.

Spaces are limited, please RSVP to
Date: Saturday, May 19th

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (come late or leave early)

Location: preSERVE Garden, 12th Place and Central Park Avenue, North Lawndale. The Homan/Kedzie Blue Line stop is about a 25 minute walk away.

Details: Water will be provided. Wear clothes you can get dirty, comfortable shoes, and sun/rain protection, if necessary. Bring your lunch and work gloves.

(Rain date will be Sunday, May 20th)

Volunteers will share in the harvest!
For more information, or to volunteer for other preSERVE events, visit

Save Our Garden Picnic – A Fundrasier and Social

Last summer the residents of Garfield Park restored a community garden on a vacant lot that had been neglected for years. Recently we discovered the property had been sold at a tax auction. June 20th the new owner will take possession of the garden unless we can raise the money to redeem it. The Wicker Park Garden Club has agreed to serve as our fiscal agent while we set up a non-profit to take ownership.

Where: The Garden (the southwest corner of Lake and Hamlin)
When: Sunday, May 20 – You can Bring a Check to the Picnic!

1:00 Lunch – Bring Your Favorite Picnic Food to Share and an Blanket or Folding Chair
Enjoy a picnic in the garden. We will supply hot dogs and beverages. Bring your favorite picnic food to share. But save some room for popcorn and snow cones during the puppet show.

2:00 Magic Boat Puppet Show with Snow Cones and Popcorn
Kids love the Magic Boat, a summer regular at Wicker Park.

3:00 Conservatory Tours
Our Garden looks into the back yard of Garfield Park’s world famous conservatory. Take a tour with us and learn about this incredible collection of plants from all over the world.
Due to space limitations, RSVP is required.

Fundraising Goal: $8,000
Fundraising Levels
$1000 Apple Tree
$500 Rose Bush
$100 Tulip Of course, donations of any size are welcome.

We are also starting an e-mail list of people who are interested in working in the garden and staying informed about other garden activities.

To RSVP or for more information contact:

John Shirk

To donate contact:

Doug Wood

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