Chicago Gardening Events for April 2011

Showers aren’t the only thing the month of April brings around here. There’s two garden fairs and several events going on around Chicago that, you, as a gardener should attend. In particular I’d like to point you to the Green Metropolis Fair by Mindful Metropolis. I’ll be part of the urban gardening panel at this fair, so, I’m hoping you can attend. Know of a garden lecture, garden fair, plant sale or workshop going on in Chicago that I should include? Leave me a suggestion in the comments. 

“Towers of Flowers”-Macy’s Flower Show continues through April 10
See this post for pictures and information about the flower show.

Wicker Park Garden Club Lecture Series
Monday, April 4 – 7-8:30 PM
Wicker Park Field House – 1425 N. Damen
Clarence Hatzfeld – Architect
Designer of Prairie and Revival Style Designs
Julia Bachrach – Historian & Author
RESERVATIONS – $8 – Limited Seating:  or  773-278-9075

Northtown Garden Society – Everything You Wanted to Know About Bees 
April 7, 7pm
Warren Park Field House, 6600 N. Western Ave.
Beekeeper Jeff Lieder of JL Honey Bee Farms will talk about the importance of bees, distinguishing them from less desirable stinging insects like wasps, ways to protect bees from environmental threats and keep them around one’s garden, the value of and procedures for beekeeping and honey production in the city. He will also provide samples of his locally produced honey. For more information or to join visit
Grow Your Own Backyard Orchard in Chicago
April 9th, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum see this post for details.
Choral Works byWilliam Byrd, Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Matthew Harris, Eric Whitacre Mark Tomasino – President and Artistic Director
Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. – No Admission Charge
Wicker Park Lutheran Church – 1502 N. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago
Sunday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. – No Admission Charge
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church – 306 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL
The concert program is a bouquet of fine choral works, spanning William Byrd’s English Renaissance to the rock-infused music of New Yorker Matthew Harris.  Audience members can celebrate the arrival of spring with Leonard Bernstein’s French influenced Spring Song, observe the abundant flora through Benjamin Britten’s Five Flower Songs, and experience the theatrical drama of a thunderstorm as depicted in Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst.
For additional information contact:
Mark Tomasino/President and Artistic Director
(815) 499-6294 – 
Green Metropolis Fair
April 16, 2011
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox, Chicago, IL
I’ll be part of a urban gardening panel at the Green Metropolis Fair at 3pm in the library on the 2nd floor. Multiple showings of Dirt! The Movie & Vanishing of the Bees. Requested donation $5 per family. Your small donation helps bring events like this to underserved communities throughout our region. Retail market with sustainable business vendors, Food market with local restaurants and chefs, Presentations on car-sharing, gardening, composting, CSAs, and more. Visit the Green Metropolis Fair page or visit Mindful Metropolis website for articles and info on current and past issue of the magazine. 
Free entry with canned food for Catholic Charities. 
Growing Perennial Food Crops: Asparagus and Rhubarb
Presented by Vicki Westerhoff , Genesis Growers
Saturday, April 16 from 10 am – Noon Fee: $20
Want to pick fresh asparagus in May?  Bake rhubarb crisp made from your very own plant! Get inspired to mix a few perennial crops in your organic garden with Vicki from Genesis Growers.  Vicki is a certified organic farmer from St. Anne, IL who serves the Chicagoland Area through local Farmers Markets and her CSA.RSVP to 
Window Box or Container Garden
Saturday, April 23rd.
Discover space-saving ways to grow your own vegetables and herbs. Chicago Botanic Garden’s third urban gardening class in Chicago. See this post for details and more classes this year. 
Urban Gardening: Troughs and Pots 
April 23, 9 am – 11:30 am
Lincoln Park Zoo
Learn how to craft your own antique planter. Stone planters have added class to gardens for centuries. Now you can fashion your own lighter and cheaper. Learn how to combine cement, peat, and sand to create hypertufa. The instructor will provide expert tips to boost your confidence and craftsmanship. Create molds, mix material, and practice the easy step of adding finishing touches. $33 for Zoo members plus $20 materials fee. Sign up online at  
19th Annual Green and Growing Fair    
Saturday, April 30th
Hours: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Throughout the Conservatory
Cost: Free admission
Kick off the growing season with the 19th Annual Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The fair, sponsored by GreenNet, Chicago’s Urban Greening Network, plunges into spring by hosting a variety of vendors, workshops, demonstrations, and family activities to get your rusty green thumb up and running. The winner of One Seed Chicago will be unveiled. More info here.
Chalet Nursery Garden Faire.
Renee Shephard, owner of Renee’s Garden, will be speaking at Chalet Nursery’s Garden Faire on Saturday, April 30th and May 1st. “Easy Gardens for Busy people 10am-11am on April 30th and Gourmet Gardening 10-11am on May 1st. 
More info here.
Update: See Chicago Gardening Events for May 2011 which includes workshops and plant and seedling sales. 
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