We put together these tips for anyone who is relatively new to entering horticulture competitions. These should help if you are planning to enter the competition at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 5-13, 2011.
Richard Reynolds, a self-proclaimed guerilla gardener and blogger, comes to the Garden on Tuesday, February 8 to give us an inside scoop on his involvement with this movement. Check out this video on planting sunflowers in public spaces and then come join the discussion during his presentation. View the video on YouTube here.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/school/symposia/
Senator Dick Durbin recently visited two west side locations where the Chicago Botanic Garden is training people to grow healthy food for their communities: the Windy City Harvest garden at the Arturo Valasquez Institute and the Cook County Boot Camp garden. He spoke with participants who are learning how to grow organic vegetables and sell them in communities that don’t have access to fresh produce. Visit chicagobotanic.org/windycityharvest for additional information.
We talked to Nancy Giardina, co-chair of the Roadside Flower Sale, about the flower arranging workshops that occur August 31 through September 3 before the actual sale on September 10 through 12. Volunteers can sign up for the workshops and learn how to make beautiful dried flower arrangements and then their creations are sold at the sale. A variety of arrangements are available at the sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., September 10 through 12, 2010. Visit chicagobotanic.org/calendar/roadside for more information.
Tom Soulsby tells us about the plants that went into each of the 65 troughs in the Heritage Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He also shows us how to protect cool season annuals from frost since they still don’t like freezing temperatures (much like us!)