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Green & Growing Fair, Chicago, April 28

  • Subject: [cg] Green & Growing Fair, Chicago, April 28
  • From: "Anna Wasescha" <ariel@tc.umn.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 16:35:11 -0500

Green & Growing Fair 2001

Marti Ross Bjornson

1807 Grant Street

Evanston, IL 60201-2534

847.469.4691 / m-bjornson@nwu.edu

 

Urban Gardeners Welcome Nature Home to Chicago

At 9th Annual Green & Growing . . . an Urban Gardening Fair

Howard-Yana Shapiro -- gardener, author, and vice president of Seeds of Change, the organic heirloom seed company -- will be the keynote speaker for GreenNet’s 9th annual Green and Growing . . . an urban gardening fair, Saturday, April 28, 2001, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Avenue.

This year’s fair invites you to explore "Nature . . . Bringing It Home to Chicago" and to celebrate nature and biodiversity in our city. The fun-filled learning day will show you how to work with Mother Nature to create healthy, productive, diverse, fulfilling, and sustainable urban green spaces.

Shapiro’s "words of wisdom" about the importance of maintaining biodiversity and balance in today’s world and how each of us can contribute to that goal will highlight the day-long event. His book, Gardening for the Future of the Earth, (Bantam Books, 2000), written with John Harrisson, is the basis for his talk about how "to create natural bounty in your own backyard and help save the planet one seed at a time."

Want to introduce birds, bees, butterflies, and other helpful and intriguing critters to your garden? Looking for balance and beauty in your green space? Curious about how some Chicagoans produce and distribute food and create community in their neighborhoods? Need an answer to gardening questions? It’s all possible to learn when you participate in the Green and Growing Fair’s diverse workshops and hands-on demonstrations.

Ever wonder what it takes to establish and maintain one of the world’s oldest, largest, and best known "glass houses?" Take this opportunity to "go behind-the-scenes" at the Conservatory. Interested in knowing about resources for creating your own Green and Growing Chicago? Visit exhibits by gardeners, students, GreenNet and other greening organizations, and "green" commercial vendors; shop for annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs at the annual GreenNet plant sale.

Workshops and hands-on demonstrations will focus on Creative Environmental Gardening, Gardening in Community, and Biodiversity in the Garden and will take place both inside the Conservatory and in outdoor garden and open areas. Workshops in the Green Thumb Children’s Tent offer little gardeners a chance to create Stepping Stones for the Garden, to learn about and begin Worm Composting, and to design clay pots for scented geranium plants they will start from cuttings.

Creative Environmental Gardening workshops feature container and trellis gardening with Master Gardener Kim Kozimor and horticulturist Nance Klehm; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Gardening with garden writer and educator Virginia Beatty; and Art in the Garden with Daniel Goldfarb.

Gardening in Community workshops introduce some Green Chicago Garden Grant recipients who will share their Success Stories. Rodger Cooley from Heifer Project International will introduce participants in Chicago’s broad-based Community Food Security programs, including farmers’ markets, entrepreneurial community garden/restaurant partnerships, and other programs that feature production and distribution of food in Chicagoland. Seed producer and guru Mayo Underwood will share expertise about seed saving and the "whys" and "how-tos" of companion planting.

Biodiversity in the Garden presentations will offer reveal the facts and fictions, the challenges and victories, the benefits and bug-a-boos of biodiversity into your garden or neighborhood. Steve Stauffer, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist for the Conservatories of the Chicago Park District will provide understandable insight into IPM techniques in your garden.

Educator, lecturer, and writer Pat Armstrong will explore and explain the introduction and maintenance of a garden of native plants and their impact on urban biodiversity. Tammy Giroux of the National Wildlife Federation will describe the Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program and the ABC’s of welcoming diverse animals into your garden.

Outdoor demonstrations will introduce participants to the wonders of bee-keeping; creating compost, a gardener’s black gold; and garden bench building.

Bryce Bandstra, general foreman of both the Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatories, will lead two behind-the-scenes tours of the Conservatory greenhouses. These special tours will be limited to the first 40 people who pre-register for them when they register for the Green and Growing Fair.

Meet GreenNet representatives from Chicago’s greening and environmental organizations. Learn about resources available for urban gardens. Plan and begin your own garden with annual, perennial, vegetable, and herb plants, and seeds at the Plant Sale and from exhibitor booths.

Pre-register and order a box lunch to or bring your own brown bag lunch.

Take a chance. Purchase raffle tickets for garden prizes for $1 each or 6 for $5. Or purchase practical GreenNet canvas totebags for $5 or hand silkscreened GreenNet collector posters for $10.

The Green and Growing Fair is sponsored by *GreenNet, a coalition of organizations and public agencies committed to sharing information and resources and to developing joint efforts, where appropriate, to improve the quality, amount, use, and wide geographic distribution of sustainable, green open space in the City of Chicago.

Members include archi-treasures, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Department of Environment GreenCorps Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Recycling Coalition, Friends of the Parks, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Growing Home, Heifer Project International, Nature Museum, NeighborSpace, North Pond Task Force, Openlands Project, University of Illinois Extension, including Chicago Master Gardeners, and Volunteer Management Consulting.

Admission to the Green and Growing Fair, which includes Howard-Yana Shapiro’s presentation and all workshops, is $10 for adults; $5 for children 3 to 12, senior citizens 65 years and older, and students with a current ID. Register in advance to order a box lunch, $6.

Garfield Park Conservatory is located at 300 North Central Park Blvd. (3600 W)

Chicago. Parking at the Conservatory lot is free.

By automobile: Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). Exit at Independence Avenue (3800W) and travel north. Turn east (right) onto Washington Blvd. Turn north (left) onto Central Park Avenue (3600 W).

By public transportation: Garfield Park Conservatory is accessible by the CTA Green Line "el" Train - the Lake Street Line. Exit at Kedzie or Pulaski. From Kedzie exit walk 4 blocks west to Central Park Avenue. From Pulaski exit walk 4 blocks east to Central Park Avenue. At Central Park turn north. Conservatory is on the west side of the street.

Visitors also can take a free trolley to the Conservatory. The grant-funded trolleys run to the Conservatory between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and depart from the Conservatory every hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Chicago Trolley Co. coaches depart from three downtown locations beginning at the Omni Chicago Hotel, 676 N. Michigan; travel along Michigan Blvd. To the Cultural Center, 78 E. Randolph; to the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan. From the Hilton, the trip takes about 20 minutes. Call 312.746.5100.

For a Green and Growing Fair brochure, to pre-register, or if you have questions, call the GreenNet Hotline: 773.316.5104.

GreenNet: Chicago’s Greening Network

300 North Central Park Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60624

GreenNet Hotline: 773.316.5104.

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G&G Fair in Brief

 

GreenNet: Chicago’s Greening Network

"Nature . . . Bringing It Home to Chicago

9th Annual Green & Growing . . .an Urban Gardening Fair

Saturday, April 28, 2001

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 North Central Park Avenue

Chicago

$10 adults; $5 children 3 to 12, students with current I.D., senior citizens 65 and older

$6 box lunch, in advance; tote bags, $5; silk screened posters, $10.

Celebrate biodiversity in gardening in our city. Howard-Yana Shapiro -- gardener, author, and vice president of Seeds of Change, the organic heirloom seed company -- will be the keynote speaker. Hands-on workshops, outdoor demonstrations, illustrated talks. Learn to create healthy, diverse, sustainable gardens and green spaces to please your palate and your soul. Enrich your home, school, and community.

GreenNet Hotline: 773.316.5104.





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