Category: Chicago Gardener Resources

The Great Chicago Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Great Chicago Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show
On Sunday, March 11th, I’ll be hosting the first ever seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The swap starts at 3 p.m. outside the “White House Let’s Move Garden.” See below for full details. This is a seed swap, meaning, you bring a packet of seeds and you can exchange it for... Read more »

Chicago's Sustainable Backyard Program Workshop for Retailers

Last year I wrote an article for GapersBlock on the Chicago Sustainable Backyard Program. While researching the article I called up several of the independent garden centers in Chicago as if I was a customer and asked the people answering about the Sustainable Backyard Program. I discovered that not only were residents unaware of the... Read more »

Food Grade Buckets in Chicago For Growing Potatoes.

A reader to the mrbrownthumb garden blog Emailed me today to give me a tip on sourcing food grade buckets in Chicago for growing potatoes. I grow potatoes in buckets and trashcans, but never bothered to do so in food grade plastics. The tipster, Bonnie, notes: “Growing potatoes in buckets: Since you live in the Chicago... Read more »
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Gary Comer Youth Center Hiring Garden Manager

The Make Miracles Grow Foundation & Gary Comer Youth Center are hiring a full-time Garden Manager who will oversee daily operation of the organization’s youth garden and support a full range of agricultural programing offered by the Gary Comer Youth Center. The ket garden sites include: The primary garden site, a 1.75-acre organic site with... Read more »

Chicago Seed Starting Workshops & Seed Swaps Feb-March 2012

To help Chicago gardeners get ready for spring garden clubs and organizations around Chicago usually hold seed starting workshops and seed swaps. Here are the seed-related events happening in February and March 2012. Save the date for The Great Chicago Seed Swap. It will go down at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Sunday,... Read more »

Save the Date: Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Save the Date: Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show
For the past few years I’ve been organizing a seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show among a few friends (sometimes strangers too) at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. We referred to it as a “shady seed swap” because we operated without permission of the flower show, and sometimes would sneak off into an empty room... Read more »
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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... Read more »

Vote for Chamomile in One Seed Chicago's "Year of the Herbs"

Vote for Chamomile in One Seed Chicago's "Year of the Herbs"
One Seed Chicago, the urban greening project by NeighborSpace, is back. This year’s candidates are basil, cilantro, and chamomile.  How One Seed Chicago works: Every year One Seed Chicago puts up three seed for a vote and allows Chicagoans to vote for their favorite. The one with the most votes gets crowned the winner and... Read more »

Chicago Christmas Tree Recycling 2012

Chicago Christmas Tree Recycling 2012
  Now that the holidays are over you can put your live Christmas tree to good use by participating in Chicago’s Christmas tree recycling program. Trees that have been stripped of their ornaments can be dropped off at several parks where they will be turned into mulch that is used in public landscaping and in... Read more »
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Burpee's Community Garden Grant Application 2012

Burpee is now accepting applications for their “I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award, which is now in its third year. The “I Can Grow” program supports urban school and community garden in cities across the country. For 2012 the “I Can Grow” Youth Gardenn Award will be presented to an established or start-up school and... Read more »